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Police chief recalls saving man from sinking vehicle

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Source: TV5's David Custer Source: TV5's David Custer
Source: TV5's David Custer Source: TV5's David Custer

A Bay City man is alive and well after a dramatic crash and life-saving rescue in Mid-Michigan. 

It happened at around 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Mt. Morris Township Police Chief Terence Green reports that 26-year-old Derian Schultz, of Bay City, was northbound on I-75 near Stanley Road when he suffered a medical emergency that caused him to lose control.

His vehicle went off the road and into a pond near Stanley Road, submerging his vehicle.

Off-duty Frankenmuth Police Sergeant Jon Mason was heading southbound along I-75 in that same stretch. Birmingham Police Chief Mark Clemence and retired Birmingham Police Captain John Heppner were riding together northbound in that area.

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They all stopped when they saw what happened.

Clemence said when he and Heppner got to the pond a civilian was already in the water trying to help. Another person was also coming across the pond in a rowboat.

Clemence said he noticed bubbles coming up around the vehicle and saw that water was halfway up the vehicle's windshield. 

“Originally the car was sitting upright in the water and then as I saw bubbles start to form around the car I knew we had to get that guy out of there soon as possible,” Clemence said.  

Clemence said that's when he told Heppner to get a tire iron as he went in the water. Clemence said when he got to the vehicle the driver had his head against the roof and was trying to stay above water.

“He was sitting just, his head was up against the side of the roof, and he was looking, and the one air pocket that he had left," Clemence said. 

Clemence tried to break the window with the tire iron but lost it. Finally, they were able to get the driver to the back seat and out of the vehicle. 

Schultz was taken to an area hospital and is in good condition.

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