Apr 8, 2015 11:09 AM

Canoe used to rescue 90-year-old woman from sinking car

The Associated Press

PITTSFIELD (AP) - Police said quick-thinking good Samaritans grabbed a canoe from a neighbor's yard and rescued a 90-year-old woman from her sinking car after she drove into a river in New Hampshire.

The Concord Monitor reports Eric Nilsson didn't have an oar, so he started using his arms to paddle toward the woman in the Suncook River in Pittsfield on Sunday as she slipped out of her car window.

Deputy Fire Chief Peter Pszonowsky, who lives nearby, threw Nilsson a rope. He held it in one hand and the woman with the other while kneeling in the canoe. Pszonowsky pulled them ashore.

The woman, whose name was not released, wasn't hurt.

Nilsson, a town selectman, called her "one tough woman," adding, "She was calm and did not panic one bit."


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