2 Rescued After Car Drives Into Oswegatchie RiverPosted: Updated:
"Never have I seen anything like that. Boats, people swimming, people diving off both of these docks, but never a car in the Oswegatchie River," said William Gleason, Wanakena resident.
It was a wild Saturday night in Wanakena. While attempting to turn around near the beach, 80 year old Colin Farrell of Lucy, Florida, accidentally pressed the gas pedal instead of the break shooting the car carrying him and 75 year old Anita Sherbonnier-Farrell into the Oswegatchie River.
"(It) floated into the river and then started to sink," said Allen Ditch, Wanakena resident.
As the car sank, the driver was able to get out, but witnesses say the passenger sank with the car as it became fully submerged.
After a few moments she was able to escape.
"As it was explained to me, the woman got in the back seat where there was still air and then made it out through the back windows and was purple and blue when she came to the surface," said Ditch.
Both were transported to Clifton-Fine Hospital, treated for minor injuries, and released.
The car was pulled from the water later that night.
Neighbors credit Paul Holsinger of Syracuse, who has a camp in Wanakena, with helping get the two people out of the car.
We're told that when the car went in, he grabbed a couple of life jackets and immediately jumped in the river to help out.