‘It was scary’ Man explains rescuing elderly driver from sinking truck

A stranger quickly acts to help the man after he drove into a pond behind the Golden Corral in Evansville

Pond Rescue Story

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Thanks to the quick action of a nearby person a man is safe after driving his vehicle into a pond.

According to Evansville Police, a vehicle went into the pond behind the Golden Corral around 6 p.m. Monday.

Katie Hofmann posted the video on Facebook of her husband, Brian, helping the man get back to land:

Brian just saved this guy in the pond behind The Golden Corral. He didnt see the the lake and drove into it.

Posted by Brian Katie Hofmann on Monday, January 7, 2019

You can see more people were there on shore to help him get out of the water. At one point in the video, you hear the driver say he didn’t see the water.

Katie Hoffman tells 14 News they had just finished eating at the restaurant and were walking out when a woman ran up to them yelling to get help.

EPD says the driver, 73-year-old Norbert Wright, wasn’t hurt.

Hoffman sent us a photo after the rescue of their 7-year-old son, Luke (middle), and Brian (right) alongside Norbert (left) Brian helped save:

Brian and his 7-year-old son, Luke, standing alongside the man Brian helped rescue.
Brian and his 7-year-old son, Luke, standing alongside the man Brian helped rescue. (Source: Katie Hoffman)

“We walked around the edge of the building, and then that’s when we saw the truck floating halfway out in the pond out there,” Brian Hoffman told us.

Hoffman says it was so dark, he couldn’t tell if anyone was in the truck at first.

“We hollered,yelled, trying to see if someone was in there," Hoffman said. “We noticed the window was cracked, and as the truck was sinking, and water was starting to go into the truck, that’s when we heard someone was in there.”

“I climbed into the water," Hoffman continued. "The water was like upper chest deep. Only problem was when I got to the truck, obviously the water pressure wouldn’t allow the door to open. I had to brace against the truck with my foot, and my other hand pulled the door open. Once I got the door open, the water rushed in. Truck started to go down a lot quicker.”

“He was extremely grateful,” said Hoffman of Wright. "He hugged me, gave me a big hug. Wanted my phone number, wanted to stay in touch, have dinner, something along those lines. He was an incredibly nice man.”

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