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A driver is thanking his first responders for saving him from a sinking car in a frozen pond in Winchendon, Mass.

According to a Facebook post by the Winchendon Fire Department, a man was plowing a church parking lot around 4 a.m. Sunday when he saw a car go off the road and into a nearby frozen pond.

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According to the fire department, the driver was able to get himself out of the car and onto the roof of the quickly sinking vehicle.

First responders threw a rope out to the man and told him to tie it around himself. Crews were able to pull him to shore. The driver was not hurt.

“This was a great team effort by all agencies involved. Fire Department members from the Dive Team Captain Byran Vaine and Josh Emerson worked with Brooks Automotive to recover the vehicle out of the water,” the fire department wrote.

Read the full post below:

Just after 4am this morning, Winchendon business man Corey Wilson was plowing a church parking lot on Front Street and seen a vehicle go off the road on Spring Street and drive into Hunts Pond.

At 4:09am the Winchendon 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call from Corey Wilson reporting a MVA with the car in the water with the driver still in the vehicle. Winchendon Ambulance 2 was already out on another call when the call was dispatched.

Winchendon Police Sargent Dan Woliski arrived on the scene and advised dispatch there was a car in the water with a subject still in the vehicle. Shortly after Sgt Wolski arrived Deputy Fire Chief Ricci Ruschioni also arrived on the scene and assumed command.

As our ambulance cleared the other incident, Ruschioni requested Winchendon Tower 1 and our Dive Team to the scene.

The driver of the vehicle self extricated himself from the car and sat on the roof of the vehicle which was a little more than 10 Feet from shore, in about 8 to 10 feet of water.

As Winchendon Ambulance 2 arrived, Lieutenant Andrew Harding was advised to put on a survival suit as Ruschioni communicated with the subject to stay on the roof of the car until our Tower gets set up to rescue him. However, the car started to sink and there was no time to wait for Tower 1.

Winchendon Fire Lieutenant Peters got a throw rope and threw it to the subject as the car was now quickly sinking. Peters told the subject to tie the rope around himself and with help from a Winchendon DPW foreman Randy Paul, Winchendon Police Sgt Woliski, Lieutenant Peters, and Deputy Chief Ruschioni, we all pulled the subject safely to shore.

This was a great team effort by all agencies involved. Fire Department members from the Dive Team Captain Byran Vaine and Josh Emerson worked with Brooks Automotive to recover the vehicle out of the water.

The subject was not injured in the crash and all agencies cleared the scene by 6:00am.

Great team work by all!!

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