Air Force sergeant saves two men who crashed into a canal

canal rescue

(KSEE)  An Air Force sergeant is credited with saving two men after an accident left them fighting for their lives in a Fresno, California canal.

Fresno police say cyclist Paul Alley set off a chain of dangerous events when he cut in front of a white Acura driven by Kou Thor, causing Thor to plunge into a roadside canal.

“I thought that if I swerved to the left, you know, I’ll miss him and stuff, but my car ended up swerving, and all I notice is – I woke – I opened my eyes and I was in water,” Thor later said.

Alley tried to help.

“He swerved, then ended up in the canal, so then I dropped my bike and ran over here ,and then I saw he was moving around inside, but then it didn’t look like he could get out, so I jumped in the canal and opened up the door for him,” he explained.

Fully submerged, the cyclist and driver were struggling.

Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Jeff Ginther was nearby, and sprang into action.

“It’s overwhelming. It’s actually emotional and the sheer terror I saw in that gentleman’s face was something’s got to happen. I’ve got to help,” Ginther said.

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