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He was rescued through the collaboration of Hillsborough County first responders.
A man who drove his vehicle off the interstate and into a body of water was rescued through the collaboration of Hillsborough County first responders on Thursday night.
At 10:25 p.m., a witness called 911 saying a vehicle drove off I-75 southbound at the I-4 ramp near the Seffner area. The vehicle became submerged in a retention pond, but the driver, Nicholas Fry, was able to climb out of a window and onto the roof of his car. Fry was uninjured, however, he remained on top of the roof asking for assistance out of the water.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Dive Team was called to the scene. Deputies were able to throw Fry a life vest to wear as he waited for rescuing. Around 11 p.m., firefighters with Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue were able to combine their ladders, extending them out to Fry in order for him to climb from the roof of the vehicle onto dry land. The rescue was a success.
Fry cited slick roads from the rain as the cause for his vehicle sliding off of the interstate. Florida Highway Patrol is investigating. The HCSO dive team was able to tow the submerged vehicle out of the water with the help of Dive Team Deputy Chris Sullivan and Deputy Jeremy Pollack.