Towing Crews: 89-year-old man in good spirits after driving into ICW

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Crews with TowBoatU.S. say an 89 year old man is alive and in good spirits after driving his car into the Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach Saturday.

Matt Wild with TowBoatU.S. said it happened around 1:00 p.m. yesterday. He said the man was driving his brand new BMW at the Seapath Marina when it happened.

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Wild said the man mistook the gas for the brake and thought he was slamming on the brakes. Wild said he actually slammed on the gas and caused the vehicle to plow through a fence and then into the water. He said the car even still had its 30 day tags on it.

Wild said it took their crews several hours to get the car out of the water. He said they got the car to the Wrightsville Beach boat ramp around 5:00 p.m.

Wild said the driver was fine and was able to swim out of the window. He said he was in good spirits the whole time. Wild said the car is completely totaled.

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