Bystanders helped rescue an elderly couple from a sinking car Monday after it careened into a Long Island canal, police said.
Seven people, including two police officers, jumped into the water to pull 78-year-old Joseph Abitabile to safety while rescue workers broke a window to free his wife, who was unconscious in the passenger seat.
“I saw the car is going slowly, slowly down. I said 'oh my god this guy…they’re gonna die. I have to do something.' Then I jumped in the water," said Mustafa Tosun, one of the bystanders who pulled Joseph from the driver's seat.
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Another witness said the car was sinking halfway into the water and others were trying to break the window to get 76-year-old Delores Abitabile out.
An off-duty police officer performed CPR on the woman and was able to restore her pulse and breathing, police said.
The Abitabiles were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The daring rescue, captured on security video, happened around 12:10 p.m. near the Venetian Promenade and Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst.
The video shows the Abitabiles' 2004 Mercury crashing through a fence into the canal, followed by several people running to help as the car starts to submerge.
“I said, 'I don’t care I have to jump the water I don’t care I have to save this life I don’t care about my life right now,'" Tosun recalled.
Police said Joseph Abitabile lost control while driving eastbound on Montauk Highway when the couple's vehicle was struck by another car, a 2016 Subaru whose 85-year-old driver backed up into traffic after getting into a fender bender.
That man was also taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, along with several people involved in the rescue.