Cranston police said a young man was apparently trying to take his own life Wednesday when his car plunged into Narragansett Bay.
A Cranston fire department official said the driver appeared to be OK, but cold, when he was fished out of the water.
By the time firefighters got to him, he was out of the car and clinging to an old wooden piling just off shore. A rescue boat was able to get to the man in his 20s.
Divers from the Warwick Fire Department went in to make sure no one else was in the car, and they did not find anyone else inside.
The car went through the parking lot behind a sports building at the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus, through a small chain fence, down an embankment, and into the bay.
The car floated about 70 feet before it sank.
The fire department said the driver was only in the water a short time because someone saw what happened and called police.
A Johnson & Wales official said the driver is not a current student but enrolled for the upcoming winter term.
Crews plan to pull the car out of the water on Thursday.
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