Cops jump into river to rescue woman trapped in overturned car

Officers sprang into action when a car plunged into the river, trapping a woman inside

By Noah Cohen

GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J. — Three police officers jumped into the Delaware River and pulled a woman from a car that plunged into the water Thursday in Gloucester City, authorities said.

The vehicle ended up on its roof after the crash, reported shortly after 1 p.m. just south of the Freedom Pier, according to police.

Detective Sgt. Carlos Depoder, Officer Sean Gartland and Officer John Bryszewski Jr. jumped into the river and freed the trapped victim, police said in a news release. Officers provided medical aid to the woman while in the water.

Three good Samaritans soon joined the rescue effort, according to police. The group helped load the woman and officers onto a boat and brought them to a floating dock.

Authorities did not have an immediate update on the woman’s condition. Police said divers did not find any additional occupants in the vehicle. It was unclear what caused the crash.

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