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 Raiders.com.
“We got the woman to roll down her window and the car started going under,” Cortez told Raiders.com. “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.”