A police officer and three civilians are being credited with rescuing a woman Tuesday after her car plunged into a pond in Acushnet.
"The vehicle was approximately 75 feet from the shoreline and it sank in about six to eight feet of water," said Chief Michael Alves of the Acushnet Police Department.
Ryan Moore, who lives just a few hundred yards from North Pond off Lake Street, was driving by and saw the car in the water.
He flagged down officer Derek Cathcart and the two men, along with two other civilians, jumped into the water where a 53-year-old New Bedford woman was inside the submerged car.
The car was in at least six feet of water.
"All four individuals that went in are very brave, very courageous. And Officer Cathcart has a history of good work," Alves said.
Police said Moore and Cathcart were able to pull the car's door open when the vehicle was completely submerged.
"To have that gentleman as my neighbor makes me really happy and proud that he's my neighbor because he put his life on the line. Something could have happened to him," said Moore's neighbor, Roger Nadeau.
Nadeau was the fire chief in New Bedford. He's retired, but he knows a thing or two about heroes and considers Moore one of them.
"This guy's a hero and a good neighbor and a good friend," he said.
The woman, who was not identified, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital with injuries considered to be non-life threatening.
The accident remains under investigation.
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