Coast Guard pulls 89-year-old man from sinking car

PANAMA CITY, Fla.  – The Coast Guard rescued an 89-year-old man from a vehicle that fell into the St. Andrews Marina on Saturday, December 30.

Members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin observed a car go into the water at approximately 12:45 p.m. and immediately launched a boat crew from the cutter to assist.

The crew arrived on the scene at approximately 12:47 p.m., broke the car’s window and pulled the man from the vehicle. He was then transferred to awaiting emergency medical services on shore. The man is in stable condition.

“I am very pleased with the quick reaction of the crew,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Glenn Bucklin, the officer in charge of Coast Guard Cutter Marlin. “This is a perfect example of the training we put into our job."

Assisting with the rescue were the  Panama City's Emergency Medical Services, Police Department and Fire Department. 

"We are extremely grateful that we happened to be at the marina at the right time to put our boat crew in position to save the life of the driver trapped inside,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Bucklin. 

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