Crews save man submerged in frozen body of water - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Crews save man submerged in frozen body of water

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PLAINFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A 50-year-old man is recovering after his motor vehicle went airborne and landed on its roof on a frozen pond in Plainfield Tuesday afternoon. 

Alexander Filteau, of Moosup, was driving eastbound on Moosup Pond Road at about 3:15 p.m. when police said he lost control and his car went off the road and slammed into a guard rail.

The vehicle became airborne for about 10 feet and then police said it landed on a "frozen body of water upside-down." The vehicle became submerged and Filteau got out of the vehicle.

Officers Craig Arruda and William Wolfburg along with Rescue Lt. Richard Okrasinski jumped into the water. They saw that Filteau was unconscious and were not able to communicate to them.

After several failed attempts with "a police issued ASP," they were able to eventually break the driver's side window with a sledgehammer and free Filteau from the vehicle.

After being taken out of the "frigid water," Filteau was taken to Plainfield Backus Care, where he is in stable condition.

Okrasinski was taken to Plainfield Backus Care, where he was treated for hypothermia as well as minor cuts and abrasions.

The other officers were not seriously injured and after changing their uniforms returned to work.

The crash remains under investigation.

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