An Arizona teenager jumps into a frozen lake to try to save a man who fell into the water with his car

A 16-year-old boy jumped into a frozen Arizona lake to try to save a man who drove his SUV into the water on Wednesday, according to several media outlets.

Ethan Cakmak jumped into action after learning that a man had driven his car into a nearby lake near his apartment complex near Dobson and Queen Creek roads in Chandler, Arizona. ABC15 mentioned.

Erkan Cakmak, the teen’s father, said Fox10 He was working from home and heard a “thump” sound from his balcony door and saw the car in the lake.

“I realized he needed help, and that he might drown,” Ethan Cakmak said. “So, I ran outside, through the gate, took off my shirt, took everything out of my pockets, and jumped into the water.”

The teen “jumped into the water” as his father called 911.

When Ethan swam to the car, he noticed the man inside was passed out but breathing, ABC15 reported.

“I looked out the window and saw the guy with his chin on his chest swaying up and down because he was breathing, which was good because that meant he was alive, but his eyes were closed, and he wasn’t responding to any noise.” On the window,” the teen told FOX10.

The car stopped sinking, but Ethan was unable to break the window to help get the man out. He swam back to shore.

The teenager believes that it is important to help others

First responders arrived and pulled the man out of the water, ABC15 reported. The driver, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital for evaluation, FOX10 reported.

Chandler Police Sgt. Ricky Gonzalez told FOX10 he commended the father-son duo for coming forward to help.

“I think this is great. It shows that we are here taking care of each other. Not just us, the police and the police, but also our ordinary citizens,” Gonzalez said. “This is amazing.”

The teen told ABC15 that helping others is important to him and is one of his “values.”

“People need help sometimes, and you as a community have to be there for each other,” Ethan told ABC15.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: A teenager in Arizona tried to save a man whose car fell into a lake

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