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Motorist helps rescue 7-year-old trapped in submerged vehicle

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:34 p.m. HST, Mar 26, 2013

A motorist stopped to help free a 7-year-old boy from an overturned sport utility vehicle in a watery ditch near Polihale Beach Monday night, the Kauai Police Department said.

The boy was with his family in an SUV traveling toward the beach on a dirt road when the SUV flipped over in a ditch and came to rest partially submerged in water at about 7 p.m.

The SUV’s driver, a 41-year-old Kapaa man, was able to get his 4-year-old daughter out of the car, but the man’s 7-year-old son remained trapped, police said.

An unidentified man driving by heard the cries for help, stopped and was able to cut through the boy’s seat belt. He removed the boy and began to administer CPR, police said.

Police said the man revived the boy before paramedics and firefighters arrived.

All three family members were taken to the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. The 7-year-old boy was flown to Honolulu, where he was listed in critical condition this morning.

The Kauai Police Department Traffic Safety Section is investigating the crash.

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Good job good samaritan!!
on March 26,2013 | 12:40PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Talk about having someone in the right place at the right time! Wow!
on March 26,2013 | 12:50PM
JnS wrote:
These are the stories that revive my hope for humanity. Thank you good man for taking the time to care about the life of another.
on March 26,2013 | 02:11PM
Bdpapa wrote:
What a good story!
on March 26,2013 | 03:55PM
Workingrl wrote:
Wonderful to hear that the family was saved. But what were they doing driving to the beach on a dirt road at 7 pm???? I hope for the dad's case that alcohol and drugs were not involved.
on March 26,2013 | 04:40PM
kuewa wrote:
You must be a city person. Many local families go to the beach at night to fish, camp out, and just enjoy a nice evening. And some of the best places are down a dirt or rocky road.
on March 27,2013 | 12:21AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
It's great to hear that there are still people like that who don't hesitate to help in times of crisis.
on March 26,2013 | 07:26PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Thank you nameless stranger. I hope the keiki will be okay. It's somewhat miraculous that there was a passerby 'way out there.
on March 26,2013 | 07:51PM
Bothrops wrote:
he is a mensch
on March 26,2013 | 10:26PM
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