Maine man rescues woman and her 2 kids from sinking car

Maine man rescues woman and her 2 kids from sinking car

A Maine man fishing at a remote pond in Hancock County acted fast and successfully rescued a woman as well as her two children from a sinking car.

Leonard Wallace and his wife, Rosemary, of Steuben went to the Fox Pond to catch trout last Saturday afternoon. They were there just for around 15 minutes, when they heard screams for help. When Wallace turned to his right, he saw a car falling into the pond.

The car missed Wallace, a 60-year-old Maine native, by no more than twelve inches. The Steuben couple watched the car in disbelief, and was initially unable to decide what to do. But, soon Wallace was in the water to help the woman and her two kids.

In a telephone interview, he said, “I was totally astonished by what happened next … There was no hesitation on my part because the car was going down.”

Wading through frigid water, he went to the car’s rear passenger door and pulled the door open. He grabbed the 2-month-old boy and waded back to shore and handed the baby to his wife. Then, he waded back to the car, and rescued the mother and a 3-year-old girl who were trapped in the front seat.

Rosemary said she wasn’t surprised by the heroism shown by her husband, who earns a living doing “odd” jobs including repairing equipment and mowing lawns.


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