Mystery Hero Saves Woman from Sinking Car

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Lake County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a local hero who saved the day in Perry Township.

Deputies say a Good Samaritan rescued a woman who drove into the Grand River. The frightening moments were captured in a 911 call.

911 Dispatcher: “What’s your emergency?”

Caller: “Uh, I’m at the bottom of of Vrooman Road hill. I just watched a car go off the road and into the creek, I mean into the river!”

Sgt. Larry Harpster with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was among the first to respond.

“I saw her about 15 yards out from the edge of the current. We could see a blue color coming from under the water. The blue vehicle was completely submerged,” said Sgt. Harpster.

Deputies say Thursday morning, Noel Bottesch, 42, of Painesville Township, was driving northbound on Vrooman Road in Perry Township when Bottesch had a medical problem.

“She apparently blacked out as she was coming down the hill. Her car veered off the road directly into the Grand River. Thankfully, as it was sinking, she woke up and rolled down the windows,” said Chief Deputy Frank Leonbruno.

And that’s when the Good Samaritan enters the picture.

Deputies say a man happened to be driving past. They say he got out of his car and dove into the water to rescue her.

“A man came to the edge of the river. He just dove in and helped her to shore. And just as quickly as that, he vanished,” added Sgt. Harpster.

Witnesses say the Good Samaritan was dressed in dress slacks and shirt.

And while Bottesch recovers from hypothermia at the hospital, surrounded by grateful family and friends, deputies are still looking for the Good Samaritan to recognize him for his heroic actions.

“It’s unusual, first of all, to get someone who would do something so extraordinary. And then not to stay around, is even more extraordinary. High accolades to him,” said Chief Deputy Leonbruno.

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