Woman’s car plummets into Hillsborough River - FOX 13 News

Woman’s car plummets into Hillsborough River

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The scene outside the University of Tampa looked dire: A white Ford Taurus floated near the bottom of the Hillsborough River, its trunk barely sticking out of the water.

"It sounded like a big metal crash," recalled Charlton Foster.

Foster was working in the UT mailroom when he heard the impact. Tampa police say a 37-year-old woman drove through the university campus and then onto the grass. Tire marks could be seen pointing toward the river.

Police said the woman attempted to take her own life. However, Foster made sure she survived.

"Someone seemed like they needed help there wasn't anyone else around," he said.

He wasn't alone. A fisherman waved down Sam Adams, who was going back and forth on the river working to set up for this weekend's Red Bull Wake Open.

"I just realized there was somebody in the car and they looked like they needed help and I couldn't not go back to help them," said Adams.

The two strangers worked together to get the woman to safety.

"I saw that her seatbelt was already off and the window was open so I knew right then that there was a good chance she'd be able to get out of the car," said Adams.

The men were able to pull the woman from the water and saved her life.

While some may call them heroes, they disagree.

"Just natural reaction," said Foster. "Someone seemed like they needed help and you help them out. It's not a hero instinct. I think everyone just has it in them."

Adams agreed.

"I definitely don't feel like that. I just was in the right place at the right time and did what I thought I needed to do," Adams added.

Police Baker-acted the woman and took her into custody.

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