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Kingswood senior rescues woman from sinking car at Town Docks

by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News

Wolfeboro Rescue deployed a float to contain any oil or gas leaking from the car that plunged into Lake Winnipesaukee at the Town Docks last Monday. There was a small leak, but it was contained. (Photo by Sandy Martin — Courtesy) (click for larger version)
May 16, 2018
WOLFEBORO — At about 4 p.m. last Monday, May 14, Reeve Curry was sitting on one of the benches at the Town Docks talking with Wyatt Benner when she heard a crash and saw a silver Subaru flatten the bench beside her and plunge into the water.

She could see a woman was in the car with the water coming up to her shoulders. She also noticed that three inches or so of the bumper itself was caught on the dock and the car could drop off any minute.

While Curry was assessing the situation to see how she could help the woman out of the car, a young man came up to her, said "I got this" and jumped in. The driver's window was open, so he was able to pull her out through the window. At that point Curry became concerned that he couldn't do it alone and she jumped in too. Together they were able to get the driver out of the car and the water.

The young man, Kingswood High senior Zachary Cray, was fishing at the docks at the time and had already called 911 to report the accident.

"He was the hero," Curry said. "He didn't hesitate."

The driver, Susan MacMartin, 82, reported to police that she had thought she was stepping on the brake when she stepped on the accelerator instead. The car surged forward, breaking a post and flattening a bench before falling into the water. MacMartin was wearing her seat belt and was not injured in the accident.

Wolfeboro Fire Rescue deployed a boom to keep oil and gas from spreading from the car. Crowell's Towing lifted the flooded Subaru out of the water.

Martin Lord Osman
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