GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CBS) — On Saturday night, we hear from a Good Samaritan who helped rescue a woman from a car in the Delaware River earlier this week. The car was upside down in Gloucester County, New Jersey on Thursday afternoon.
Three people helped officers free the driver.
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QThinking carefully during an emergency helped save a woman’s life.
“I’m glad we were there, but as a hero? New. The police — they were the heroes there,” Deptford’s Gene Blemings said.
Blemings refuses to call himself a hero. Instead, he credited the officers who jumped into the Delaware River.
“They were exhausted, they were treading water and doing their best for her,” Blemings said.
A car drove through the metal barrier of the Freedom Pier. The vehicle ended up in the river upside down. Three police officers immediately jumped in to get the woman out of the vehicle.
“They were in the water for at least 10 minutes and they worked hard,” Blemings said.
An officer was able to provide medical assistance while he was still in the water. Three Good Samaritans working on the nearby ship jumped into the boat their crews normally use to get back and forth to shore and rushed over to help.
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“They had just taken her out of the car and they pretty much held her to their bodies as they floated and gave her chest compressions,” Blemings said.
One of the three Good Samaritans, Michael Natrin, is a firefighter and EMT. He helped administer CPR.
Stratis Tiniakos was also able to help the other men get the woman onto their boat and then transport her and the officers back to the floating dock.
“They absolutely jumped in at their peril,” said Gloucester City Police Department Lieutenant J. Flood. “There are strong currents in the Delaware River.”
Gloucester City Police recognize all three men for their valiant efforts.
“That’s how I was raised,” Blemings said. “If someone needs help, you do it.”
Another Good Samaritan, William Evans, was there to help transport the officers in the back of his pickup truck so they could shower and change at home.
Police are continuing to talk to witnesses and are investigating the cause of the accident.
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Blemings told CBS3 that the woman who was rushed to hospital has regained consciousness.