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Friday, August 01, 2014
Youth saves driver
, City reporter
Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:32 AM
Fifteen-year-old Skyler Green happened to be in the right place at the right time Wednesday afternoon.
The Portland boy helped rescue a 76-year-old woman who, for unknown reasons, drove her 2006 Saturn VUE into Grand Lake in St. Marys, Ohio.
Skyler was with his family taking pictures at the lake when he saw the vehicle in the water.
“We turned around, and as soon as we turned around, we saw the car,” he said this morning. “By the time we saw the car, the water was at the dashboard.”
Quickly the water rose to the steering wheel and Nancy Leighner of Rockford, Ohio, who was driving the vehicle, climbed on top of the roof and began yelling for help, Skyler said.
So he grabbed a life jacket from another person who was at the lake and swam out to help her.
By the time he reached her, the car had sunk to its roof, and Skyler waited with Leighner until firefighters arrived with a boat to bring her back to shore. He said the water was about 6-feet deep and the car had traveled several miles from shore.
“I was scared for her more than myself because I knew I could swim but she couldn’t,” he said. “She was asking for help, and so I decided to give her that help that she wanted.”
“It’s the right thing to do, to help people when they’re in need,” he added.
Leighner told police she was tired and dozed off before she failed to negotiate the curve at Elmgrove Avenue. As her vehicle continued toward East Market Street, it went off the right side of Lakeshore Drive, over the concrete rip-rap and into the water about 12:50 p.m.
She wasn’t injured and eventually made it back to shore with the help of Skyler and firefighters.
But Skyler, who will be a sophomore at
Jay County High School
, said he was just doing what needed to be done.
“I feel pretty good, I’ll be honest,” he said. “I don’t feel like a hero. I just feel good that she’s all right.”
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