Woman saved by a boy, 17, after she drove her car into a New York bay

Dramatic moment hero teen, 17, dives into chilly New York bay to rescue 18-year-old who accidentally drove her SUV over a dock

  • Anthony Zhongor, 17, dove into Patchogue Bay on June 14 to save Mia Samolinski, 18, after she drove her Subaru Outback  over the dock 
  • Samolinski was in a parking lot at the bay when she stepped on the gas instead of the break
  • Zhongor heard Samolinski attempt to break the door of her SUV while bystanders watched 
  • The teenage hero was able to open the drivers side door and pull Samolinski to safety 

Chilling video footage shows a teenage boy rescuing a woman struggling to get out of her car after accidentally driving it into Patchogue Bay on Long Island on June 14.

Anthony Zhongor, 17, watched as 18-year-old Mia Samolinski drove her Subaru Outback into the water around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Samolinski was in a parking lot at the bay when she accidentally stepped on the gas pedal instead of the break, Suffolk Police reported in a press release.  

Bystanders quickly ran to the scene after the SUV plunged into the bay

Zhongor didn’t hesitate to jump into the bay and save the woman after realizing no one else was going to intervene

‘I just hear this huge splash and everyone running towards the dock… she was banging on the door trying to break it… so I just jumped in,’ Zhongor told CBS New York.   

Zhongor, an almost high school graduate and future U.S. Marine, didn’t hesitate to dive into the water after realizing the crowd watching the incident wasn’t going to intervene.

The video shows the Zhongor diving into the water while other bystanders stood around and watched.

The teenage hero was able to open the driver’s side of the vehicle and help Samolinski to safety.

The father of the 18-year-old woman said only cares that his daughter is safe and not the vehicle damages 

The woman’s father, Charlie Samolinski, met with Zhongor on Thursday to thank him for his heroic actions.

‘She’s here today because of him,’ Charlie Samolinski told CBS New York. ‘A car can be replaced. Things can be replaced. My daughter? Irreplaceable.’

Meanwhile, the 18-year-old is embarrassed about the accident but plans on thanking Zhongor in person at a later date.

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