Good Samaritan who helped rescue woman with police from submerged car in Delaware River talks about incident – CBS Philly
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CBS) — Saturday night we hear about a Good Samaritan who helped rescue a woman from a car in the Delaware River earlier this week. The car was upside down Thursday afternoon in Gloucester City, New Jersey.
Three people helped officers rescue the driver.
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QQuick thinking during an emergency saved a woman’s life.
“I’m glad we’re here, but as heroes? No. The cops – they were the heroes there,” said Gene Blemings, from Deptford.
Blemings refuses to call himself a hero. Instead, he paid tribute to the officers who jumped into the Delaware River.
“They were exhausted, treading water and going above and beyond for her,” Blemings said.
A car drove through the metal barrier of the Freedom Pier. The vehicle overturned in the river. Three police officers intervened to remove the woman from the vehicle.
“They were in the water for a good 10 minutes and they worked hard,” Blemings said.
An officer was able to provide medical attention while still in the water. Three Good Samaritans working on the nearby barge jumped into the boat their crew normally use to come and go ashore and rushed to help.
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“They had just gotten her out of the car and they were pretty much holding her to their body as they floated around doing chest compressions on her,” Blemings said.
One of the Three Good Samaritans, Michael Natrin, is a firefighter and paramedic. He helped administer CPR.
Stratis Tiniakos was also able to help the other men get the woman onto their boat and then bring her back with the officers to the floating dock.
“They definitely jumped at their own risk,” said Gloucester City Police Lt. J. Flood. “There are strong currents in the Delaware River.”
The Gloucester City Police Department recognizes the three men for their brave efforts.
“That’s how I was raised,” Blemings said. “If anyone needs help, that’s what you do.”
Another Good Samaritan, William Evans, was there to help the transport agents in the back of his van, so they could shower and change at home.
Police continue to speak to witnesses and investigate the circumstances of the accident.
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Blemings told CBS3 that the woman who was rushed to hospital had regained consciousness.