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Car Crashes Into River, Man Becomes Hero

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - It was just a regular Thursday night for Mark Wolfe. Wolfe was inside of his garage working on his motorcycle, when Wolfe and his girlfriend heard what sounded like tires skidding.

"So I took off down by the river and noticed a car floating in the water with a man in it,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe said the man, whose name has not been released, was yelling for help.

What happened next, made Wolfe a hero.

"I jumped in,” he said. “And then I later found out he can't swim I guess.”

Grabbing the 37-year old man by the armpit, Wolfe quickly swam him to safety.

According to police, the man was driving drunk and after receiving medical treatment, he was arrested and taken into custody.

The car made its entranceway into the Grand River by surpassing construction.

According to Wolfe, when he got on the scene to find the guy, he said it was sinking pretty quickly.

"Two seconds after he come out-- it was gone,” he said.

Today, the Capital Area Dive Team was out on the river working to pull the car out, and after about an hour it finally made its way above water.

Sgt. Joe Brown said something like this however, isn't out of the ordinary.

"It's not something that happens every day but it's not uncommon.” Sgt. Brown said. “We've done this many times all of our divers are trained on vehicle salvage and recovery so we've practiced a lot,  the guys know what they're doing; but it does happen several times a year."

And even though the car went under, the man behind the wheel didn't still getting a chance at life, while the one saving him, walks away a hero.

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