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Dramatic video shows Michigan police officer using kayak to rescue woman from sinking car

connectVideoOfficer saves woman from sinking car in Detroit River

A quick-thinking police officer in Michigan is being hailed a hero after saving a woman from a vehicle sinking in a river on Monday after grabbing a kayak from a nearby house.

The Trenton Police told FOX2 that the incident took place around 4 a.m. when authorities got a call that there was a car in the Detroit River, approximately 17 km south of the centre of Detroit.

In the body of the camera images released by the ministry, the officers can be seen searching and then frantically move as you realise that there was someone in the car.

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“There is someone in the driver’s seat… They are not able to get out there,” an officer can be heard saying in the video.

The car was spotted in the Detroit River in Trenton, Mich., located about 17 km south of the centre of Detroit.
(Trenton Police Department)

“She is awake, she can’t get out,” another officer can be heard saying.

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As the car drifted into the current and began to sink, Sgt. Steve Lyons “advanced” a kayak from a nearby house and paddled to the car.

Lyons, an eight-year veteran of the department, then used the paddle to smash the window and pulled the woman on the kayak. He can be seen bringing her back to the shore without a life jacket in the cold conditions.

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The 53-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital, but officials said that they did not sustain serious injuries. The police are still investigating how the vehicle ended up in the river.

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