Bystander who rescued man from sinking truck says he was meant to be there

Rescuer talks about saving man's life

ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The bystander who saved a man from a sinking truck says he is glad he was in the right place at the right time.

Jack Carlin was driving directly behind the truck before it crashed. Officials say the driver, 61-year-old Charles Stratton had suffered a medical event, and the truck was speeding at a minimum of 82 miles an hour when it hit the water.

When Carlin saw what happened he instantly jumped into the river and started assisting the harbor master.

"I couldn't believe it and then when I came back down to the bottom it was like 'you have to do what you have to do' and I felt like I had to jump in," said Carlin. "I handed the guy behind me my sunglasses and wallet. I just jumped in and went under."

Officals say Stratton crossed one of the busiest streets in Ellsworth before crashing into Union River.

"There's a tremendous amount of traffic down there, especially in the summertime, you know, he's extremely lucky, everything just fell the right way for him," said Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department.

Officials say Stratton was taken to the hospital, but he is believed to be okay.

"It's just I happened to be at the right place at the right time, and you know it was God willing, it was him," said Carlin. "It was a cooperative effort, Adam did a great job, and all the people that were around, the emergency people, did a great job too as well."

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