Good Samaritans save driver from sinking vehicle in Newark Bay

Anthony Capuano and Marcelino Cruz teamed up to rescue the man

Photo of the vehicle after the accident by Hudson County Sheriff's Office
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Photo of the vehicle after the accident by Hudson County Sheriff's Office

Two good Samaritans saved a driver from his sinking vehicle after he accidentally drove it into Newark Bay off Bayonne, according to Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari.

On Nov. 10 at approximately 5:20 p.m., a Hudson County Sheriff’s K9 unit on patrol was approached by park goers who reported that a vehicle entered Newark Bay at the lower level of Stephen Gregg Park.

The Sheriff’s K9 Officer arrived on scene to find a Subaru Forester in the Newark Bay sinking rapidly. As the officer prepared to render assistance, numerous citizens were on the rocky shore and in the water assisting in pulling out the driver of the vehicle.

Joseph Kadian, 68, from Bayonne, was pulled out of the vehicle by Anthony Capuano of Elizabeth. Capuano was assisted by Marcelino Cruz of Jersey City in pulling Kadian to shore.

The right place at the right time

Capuano is a lifeguard and certified swim instructor from the British Swim School who has only one leg. Capuano heroically removed his prosthetic device before diving in the water to rescue the driver.

The Sheriff’s K9 Officer assisted the driver to the awaiting McCabe ambulance for evaluation. The driver was evaluated by EMTs and released on the scene.

After an investigation and speaking with the driver, it was determined that while pulling over to answer a call and attempting to park, the driver lost control of the vehicle. He simultaneously had his foot on both the brake and accelerator pedals which caused him to accelerate the vehicle into the bay.

There was damage to the fence post and rails where the vehicle entered the water.

Multiple agencies assisted and responded to this incident, including Bayonne Fire, Bayonne Police, Bayonne OEM, and New Jersey State Police Marine and Aviation units. New Jersey State Police divers confirmed that there were no additional victims inside the sunken vehicle.

“I would like to thank all our mutual aid partners for their quick response and to the community members who risked their lives to help save Mr. Kadian,” Schillari said.

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