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Man rescued after driving car into lake

September 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A dramatic rescue was caught on video Friday as two good Samaritans pulled an elderly man out of a Southern California lake.Police said 80-year-old Max Arutunay had accidentally driven his car into Lake Balboa when he hit the gas pedal instead of the brake as he pulled into a parking space.

LAPD divers said the man was fortunate that bystanders moved in so quickly to help him. Arutunay and his family expressed their deepest gratitude, though the two good Samaritans left before he could thank them in person.

"I am very, very happy that those people came and picked me up," said Arutunay, who was a little shaken but unharmed after his spill into the lake.