Crews rescue elderly man after car winds up in retention pond

November 23, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:25 a.m. Nov. 23, 2011

Firefighters pulled a man from a half-submerged car in a downtown Issaquah retention pond Wednesday morning.

The elderly man had been driving erratically before the car headed off East Sunset Way and into the pond beneath the Interstate 90 Sunset Interchange at about 10:20 a.m. Eastside Fire & Rescue crews freed the man from the waterlogged car.

Medics transported the man to Group Health Bellevue Medical Center. EFR spokeswoman Josie Williams said the man did not sustain serious injuries and remained conscious during the rescue operation.

EFR Chief of Maintenance Kelly Refvem had been driving behind the man as the car slipped into the waist-deep water. Refvem called in the incident and aid vehicles responded moments later.

“He was only in water that was waist-deep, but I’m sure it was pretty cold,” Williams said.

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