Incredible moment hero Iowa teen, 17, rescues 83-year-old man and his dog from their Jeep after it plunged off a road and through ice
- Joe Salmon, a 17-year-old from Spirit Lake, Iowa, was ice fishing on East Okoboji Lake when he witnessed a Jeep pass by and fall through the thin layer of ice
- Joe sprang into action and rescued the 83-year-old driver and his dog from the quickly sinking vehicle
- Joe broke a window with a knife and pulled the man and his pet dog to safety along with four other strangers
Incredible drone footage has captured the moment an 83-year-old man was rescued from the icy waters of an Iowa lake by a 17-year-old teen, after he accidentally drove through the ice.
The entire rescue, all of which was captured from above, saw the man’s dog being lifted to safety first from the waters of East Okoboji Lake, before the teen pushed his way inside through the Jeep’s rear window.
After disappearing for a few moments, it was Joe Salmon who managed to break the window of the car with a utility knife.
The man’s pet golden doodle was first to be brought to safety from the back of the car before he turned attention to the elderly man who was struggling to escape.
Joe had been with him mom ice fishing and watching snowmobile drag races on the lake when the Jeep passed them by when the ice cracked beneath it.
A Jeep went through the ice under a bridge on East Okoboji Lake in Iowa with an elderly driver at the wheel
Joe Salmon, a 17-year-old from Spirit Lake, Iowa, was ice fishing on the lake when he witnessed a Jeep pass by and fall through the thin layer of ice
Joe, far left, sprang into action and rescued the 83-year-old driver from the quickly sinking vehicle along with four other strangers
Joe, from Spirit Lake, Iowa, sprinted into action while calling on others who had been standing nearby to assist.
He took off his boots and snow gear and attempted to wave at the man to get out, but he was trapped.
Almost without thinking, Joe dove inside the car to free the man himself.
‘I didn’t really think about why or anything,’ he told The Washington Post. ‘I wanted to make sure he was going to be okay — to get him out. A full-size car going there, I knew it wasn’t going to end well.
‘In my mind I was like, I know we need to do this fast,’ he said.
The man’s golden doodle was first to be rescued once Joe managed to get inside the vehicle
Joe broke a window with a knife and pulled the man and his pet dog to safety along with four other strangers
Plenty of people were out on the ice fishing at the time of the accident
Joel managed to drag the man’s foot where it had become trapped between the seat and the center console, but then he got stuck once again this time between the seat and roof.
Joe was once again able to free the man from his car seat as he struggled to escape the vehicle which was quickly filling with water.
He then dragged him back out after folding down the seats before he was finally out into the open and onto the snow.
Several people then helped the man walk to a nearby store to get him out of his freezing wet clothes.
He attributes his quick thinking and physical preparedness to playing three sports and being familiar with the area.
Joe was assisted by a several other strangers in the rescue in the frigid waters of the lake.
The old man was taken to a hospital and was ‘doing well,’ the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office has said.
Following his heroics, Joe went back to ice fishing alongside his mom.
Several people then helped the man walk to a nearby store to get him out of his freezing wet clothes
Following his heroics, Joe went back to ice fishing, one of his pastimes