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Video: Long Island Couple Rescued By Police Officers, Good Samaritans After Crashing Into Canal

Two Suffolk County Police officers, a Lake Success Police officer and five good Samaritans rescued a couple from their vehicle after it became submerged in a Lindenhurst canal following a motor vehicle crash.
Two Suffolk County Police officers, a Lake Success Police officer and five good Samaritans rescued a couple from their vehicle after it became submerged in a Lindenhurst canal following a motor vehicle crash. Video Credit: Suffolk County Police

Police officers and a handful of good Samaritans teamed up to rescue a couple from their vehicle after it became submerged in a Long Island canal following a motor vehicle crash.

The incident happened earlier Monday afternoon, Oct. 19 in Lindenhurst.

Two Suffolk County Police officers, a Lake Success Police officer and five good Samaritans rescued a couple from their vehicle after it became submerged in a Lindenhurst canal following a motor vehicle crash.

A 2018 Ford pickup and 2016 Subaru were involved in the crash at Venetian Promenade and Montauk Highway at approximately 12:10 p.m., Suffolk County Police said.

Following the crash, the driver of the Subaru backed up his vehicle into eastbound Montauk Highway, where it was struck by a 2004 Mercury, police said.

The Mercury then crashed through a fence and into a canal, according to police.

Five good Samaritans, off-duty Suffolk County Police Officer John Tighe and on-duty Suffolk County Police Officer Debra Gearon jumped into the water and pulled the driver, Joseph Abitabile, 78, from the vehicle. 

Rescuers broke a window to extricate Abitabile’s wife, Delores, 76, who was unconscious.

Off-duty Lake Success Police Officer Robert Russo performed CPR on the woman and her pulse and breathing were restored.

The Abitabiles, of Massapequa, one good Samaritan, the two Suffolk County Police officers, and the driver of the Subaru, Morris Kramer, 85, of Atlantic Beach, were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

The driver of the Ford, Greg Destefano, was not injured.

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