19-year-old res­cues two teens from area lake

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

LAKE MAHOPAC >> Two 17-year-old Mahopac girls are lucky to be alive and a 19-year-old Mahopac man is cred­ited with pulling them out of Lake Mahopac after their car ran off a road and flipped over, trap­ping them un­der water.

Carmel Po­lice said the girls were driv­ing in small car on North Lake Boule­vard in the vicin­ity of Mahopac Woods on Thurs­day night when the ve­hi­cle went out of con­trol be­cause of ex­ces­sive speed, ran off the wind­ing road, struck a utility pole, drove across a dock, over­turned and crashed into the lake.

Both girls were trapped underwater.

Cullen Malzo, who lives across the street from the lake, heard the crash, ran to the scene and saw the car up­side down in the water. He called 911, pulled off his shoes, socks and jacket, and dove into the muddy lake. He felt around through a bro­ken win­dow, grabbed an arm and pulled the driver out. She be­gan to scream that her friend was still in the car, so Malzo jumped back in, searched around, felt a leg and pulled the sec­ond girl out.

Ju­lia Prowf, a se­nior at Mahopac High School, went over to Malzo’s home on Fri­day to thank him. He is her hero, Prowf said. “The water was up to my chin,” she said. “I re­ally thought my time had come.”

Carmel Po­lice did not iden­tify the other girl in­volved in the ac­ci­dent.

MID-HUD­SON NEWS NET­WORK PHOTO

Ju­lia Prowf gives Cullen Malzo a hug on Fri­day as they point to the place in Lake Mahopac where Malzo, 19, pulled Prowf, 17, and an­other girl from an over­turned car.

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