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Man saves woman who drove car into Neuse River

Crews pulled the car out of the Neuse after the driver, whose name has not been released, veered off the road near the Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant parking lot. (Dare Oliver, NewsChannel 12 photo)

A driver is OK after veering off the road and landing her car in the Neuse River.

Crews pulled the car out of the Neuse after the driver, whose name has not been released, veered off the road near the Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant parking lot. What you didn't see immediately is the hero in the situation, who wasn't wearing your typical rescue attire.

"I was just talking on he boat and we suddenly hear the crash run from the dock to the water here," said Roger Andrade, who saved the woman from drowning.

Andrade described the woman as being in her mid 60s and struggling for dear life.

"Just noticed she was in trouble asking for help," Andrade said. "She explained she can't swim so I just jumped into the water and took her out."

Andrade said he wasn't even considering the water and how deep it might be. It was all about saving a life.

"Well, I figured that's our duty," Andrade said. "We've got to save life, got to help each other."

New Bern police said the driver is doing OK but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

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