Driver rescued from sinking Porsche
A driver was dramatically rescued from his Porsche 911 by two quick-thinking eye-witnesses as his car sank in a river.The stunned man, who has not been named, was dragged out of the sports car after he ended up in the water in Coltishall, Norfolk.
The freak accident happened at about 1.30pm on Tuesday when the motorist reversed into a moored-up boat off the River Bure and fell into the water.
Two men working on a nearby boat from engineering firm Ignition Marine leapt into action as the Porsche began to go down.
Mark Platten, 34, of Brampton, jumped in to get the driver out of his fast-sinking car as his mate Sam Hall, 24, of Coltishall, helped haul the man out of the water.
The Porsche was left with just its roof above water after plunging to the bottom of the 4ft deep river.
He said: "I heard a big revving of an engine and a bang where it had hit the side of a boat and the Porsche was suddenly sitting on the water.
"We were trying to explain to the driver to get out.
"I do not know whether he was in shock or whether the door was stuck and he could not get out."
The rescuers used the boat that the car had crashed into as a platform to reach the driver.
"The car was going down slowly and we thought he was not going to get out - so Mark jumped in and it took a bit of an effort do get the door open.
"When the door opened it went down quickly and we pulled him out just in time before his head went under," said Sam.
"He was in shock and I guess his foot must have slipped on the accelerator.
"It was something like out of a James Bond film and it all happened pretty quickly."
The shocked driver went back to the scene to thank his two Good Samaritan rescuers later that after drying off and recovering.
The tied-up boat suffered a smashed window in the bizarre crash.