Good Samaritans dive in pond to save man

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (WPTV) – A 92-year-old Florida man is alive after he was rescued by two men who jumped in the water to save him.

Port St. Lucie police say the elderly man’s car drove into a pond Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Markisello and Alton Brieske were eating lunch nearby when they heard someone shouting.

When Markisello and Brieske saw the car they jumped into the water and swam over to help.

“I just came out to here, threw my stuff on the ground and took off,” says Brieske.

The men knew they had to act fast.

“I started shouting,” says Brieske, “I need a hammer. I need something to break this window so I can get in and pull him out.”

Cell phone video of the rescue shows it took Brieske several strikes before the hammer broke the window.

“He (Brieske) unchecked his (Mancuso’s) seat buckle and I got the seat out of the way for him and he handed him to me and we both brought him up,” says Markisello.

The 92-year-old man was unconscious.

“I was doing chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth,” says Brieske.

Emergency crews arrived a few moments later.

Mancuso is now hospitalized in critical condition.

Both men hope they’ll have a chance to meet him, but they don’t believe they’re heroes.

“What I did was just a heroic act I guess you could say but nothing more,” says Brieske.

“I just hope somebody would do it for me,” says Markisello.

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