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Car plunges into N.C. lake, driver rescued by retired NYPD officer, authorities say

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A retired New York Police Department officer rescued the driver of a vehicle that ended up in North Carolina's Lake Norman on Wednesday afternoon.

Mooresville Fire-Rescue said in a news release that a call was received around 3:02 p.m. Wednesday regarding a vehicle in the water at 643 Williamson Road. When crews arrived, they found the driver had been rescued by a passer-by, the retired officer.

The vehicle left the road, ended up in the lake and was filling up with water when the retired officer jumped into the lake, unbuckled the driver’s seatbelt and got the driver out of the vehicle. A boater jumped into the water and assisted with swimming the driver to a nearby dock.

The driver was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.

The Mooresville Police Department is investigating the accident. Mooresville Fire-Rescue remained on the scene until the vehicle was retrieved. 

Lake Norman is North Carolina's largest man-made lake and is about 15 miles north of downtown Charlotte.

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