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Bystander Dives Into River to Save Submerged Motorist

The car was pulled from the water by scuba teams and a towing company

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    A daring rescue in New Jersey where a man jumped into the the Passaic river after a woman drove her car into the water. It happened on Route 21 in Nutley. Police say the hero was in a shopping center nearby and when he saw the dangerous scene unfold, he sprung into action. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016)

    A woman accidentally drove her vehicle into the Passaic River in New Jersey Tuesday morning, and police say she would have drowned if a man leaving a gym across the river didn't jump into action.

    The 50-year-old woman from Cranford jumped a small curb on Dock Street in Nutley shortly after 8:30 a.m. and plunged into about 10 feet of water just north of the DeJessa Bridge. 

    Jason Moss was leaving the gym when someone ran past him, yelling for someone to call 911, he said. He quickly changed his clothes, dove into the murky water and brought the woman out of the submerged car, then carried her to shore. 

    "I think the scariest moment, I turned around at one point to see if there were any rescuers coming because I couldn't get the door open," the 30-year-old Moss told NBC 4 New York. 

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    Emergency responders treated the woman and her rescuer on the scene, and transported the woman to a local hospital. She's expected to be OK. 

    The man, who's from Secaucus, refused a transport to the hospital, and went to an urgent care facility himself to get a tetanus shot, police said.

    The car was pulled from the water by scuba teams and a towing company. Police are investigating what caused the woman to jump the curb. 

    Moss remains humble and said he wouldn't think twice about doing it again.

    "It was more about doing the right thing," he said.