Teen hailed as hero after rescuing woman trapped in sinking car [Video]


  • Seventeen-year-old Anthony Zhongor did not hesitate to dive into the water to save a woman who was trapped inside a sinking car.
  • Eighteen-year-old Mia Samolinski’s fell into the bay after accidentally pressing the gas pedal instead of the brakes.
  • Mia’s father said, “The real hero of the day is Anthony, without a doubt.”

Seventeen-year-old Anthony Zhongor did not hesitate to dive into the water to save a woman who was trapped inside a sinking car. Surveillance video caught the moment the 18-year-old Mia Samolinski drove her car into the bay and the dramatic rescue.

Mia had accidentally pressed the gas pedal instead of the brakes, according to a press release by the Suffolk County Police Department.

The incident happened after 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

“I just hear a huge splash and everyone running toward the dock,” Anthony told CBS News. He and several onlookers could hear Mia struggling to get out of the car as it started to sink.

“That’s what really made me jump in the water, because she was banging on door trying to break it, kind of got scared. So I just jumped in,” Anthony said.

Photo Credit: NBC New York (YouTube)

Anthony dove into the water immediately to pull Mia out of her SUV. He was able to open the driver’s side door of the Suburu and helped Mia out of the vehicle and assist her safely to the dock.

“The real hero of the day is Anthony, without a doubt. There were a group of people on the dock. They were filming it. He did something about it,” the Mia’s father, Charlie, said.

He added: “She’s here today because of him. A car can be replaced. Things can be replaced. My daughter? Irreplaceable.”

Hats off to you, Anthony!

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Fantastic!!

What is wrong here is that while one very brave young man dove in to help this woman, many others were standing dry on the side filming and watching her panic. Were they waiting for her to die so they could post it on YouTube for “likes”? Shame on all of them!

His parents raised him RIGHT! He will go far in life as he is not afraid to take proper action when needed!

I hope Mia gets some remedial driving lessons.