NEW YORK (WABC) – A 17-year-old girl dove into a bay on Long Island to rescue a classmate after she accidentally rolled in the water in an incident caught on camera.
The driver, Mia Samolinski, 18, accidentally accelerated her Subaru Outback and plunged into the bay.
When people rushed to the dock moments later, high school student Anthony Zhongor dove into the bay to save her.
“She went pretty far in there,” he said.
Coincidentally, Zhongor had just joined the Marines.
“She was knocking on the door, knocking on the window, trying to break the window of course,” Zhongor said. “And then it made me nervous, I was scared for her. I took off my clothes and went in the water. The dive was pretty, far enough, so it was right there as soon as I looked up, grab the doorknob.
The two had tried to unlock and open the door without success.
Zhongor had to find another way to get Samolinski out when he realized he could use his own weight.
“The weight pushed the nose of the car deeper into the water, which helped the rear come free,” he said. “Open the back, and she was able to escape out the back.”
Together they swam to shore.
“She just came and said, ‘Oh my God, thank you’ and was just crying,” Zhongor said.
Charles Samolinski, Mia’s father, said he was grateful for his daughter’s rescue.
“He jumped out of his car and jumped in and because of that my daughter is alive and not really hurt you know?” he said. “I mean, it’s a miracle.”
Zhongor said his actions weren’t a big deal for him.
“It’s a girl, whoever it was, they were in pain,” he said. “I couldn’t watch anyone suffer in front of me.”
Zhongor is graduating this year and will travel to training camp in South Carolina in September.
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