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Raiders trainer rescues woman from sinking car

Raiders assistant athletic trainer Chris Cortez is being hailed as a hero after he jumped into the Oakland estuary and swam to a sinking car to rescue the woman inside.

Cortez was in his car with his wife and his neighbor, Taryn Griffin, when they saw a car that ran off the road and into the Oakland estuary. Cortez and Griffin both jumped in, as did a third person, and they all got to the car in time to help the woman out and get her to the shore. The whole thing was captured by a passerby’s cell phone camera, and Cortez recounted the incident in an interview with

“We got the woman to roll down her window and the car started going under,” Cortez told “Taryn, being the awesome swimmer that she is, dove right in and so I just went in right after her. And so did another individual, and we fortunately got her out of there without a scratch, which is pretty amazing. Nobody got hurt.”

Cortez said he sustained some “very minor” scratches in the process, but other than that everyone emerged unscathed. He joked that swimming to the car wasn’t a problem: “We had already eaten, but it had been over 30 minutes, so we didn’t have any cramps.”

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17 Responses to “Raiders trainer rescues woman from sinking car”
  1. florioleadswitnesses says: Jun 21, 2012 6:33 PM

    “An estuary is a partly enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea.”[1]From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  2. frankiemontana says: Jun 21, 2012 6:35 PM

    Great job by a Raider, now cue humboldt and the haters in 3,2,1

  3. masterblaster78 says: Jun 21, 2012 6:39 PM

    Let’s see what the Raider haters have to post on this.

  4. joetoronto says: Jun 21, 2012 6:40 PM

    Raider Nation salutes you, Chris.

  5. southpaw79 says: Jun 21, 2012 6:45 PM

    Well done sir!

  6. humb0lt says: Jun 21, 2012 7:09 PM

    Kudos to Mr. Cortez. You have to be brave to jump into the Oakland Estuary. If you’ve ever seen the Oakland Estuary you’ll know what I’m talking about.

  7. chubbsmcgee says: Jun 21, 2012 7:09 PM

    “We had already eaten, but it had been over 30 minutes, so we didn’t have any cramps.”

    Love this.

  8. largent80 says: Jun 21, 2012 7:12 PM

    So a Raiders’ coach is able to rescue a sinking vessel? I presume he is a new hire. Nice work Cortez.

  9. CJ says: Jun 21, 2012 7:39 PM

    kudos do the three heros who swam out to rescue the woman. the person who waited on shore with the cameraphone? yeah, notsomuch.

  10. godblessfootball says: Jun 21, 2012 9:15 PM

    Thank you Mr. Cortez. This is what the NFL and NFL players should look to as to how they should conduct themselves as professionals.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 21, 2012 9:20 PM

    Maybe he can rescue his boss at work from a sinking ship.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 21, 2012 9:22 PM

    Chris said it was fine except for all the skeletons with their feet encased in concrete scraping at his legs.

  13. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Jun 21, 2012 11:34 PM

    Wait, I thought every Raider player and employee was a criminal? Oh that’s right, that’s just another outdated worn out excuse by uneducated football “fans.”

    Well done by all 3 men involved, you all were courageous in saving a life, and you should all be proud of that.

  14. hannahsdaddy says: Jun 22, 2012 12:56 AM

    This will be a great story to re-tell in February when the Raiders are going for their fourth SB title.

  15. joetoronto says: Jun 22, 2012 5:42 AM

    The Raiders vessel has won 3 Super Bowls, how many have the SeaHags won?


  16. techstar25 says: Jun 22, 2012 8:05 AM

    Great story.
    For what it’s worth, I just want to say I do appreciate some GOOD NEWS on this website. Kudos to the editors for finding this.

  17. jjackwagon says: Jun 22, 2012 4:11 PM

    You are a hero Chris! Excellent work!!

    Too bad this will be the highlight of the Raiders 2012 season.

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