Virginia Man Makes Two Local Rescues In Two Days

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Virginia man in Florida for a summer vacation is being credited with making two rescues in two days.

Gus Hertz was in the Tampa Bay area fishing on Wednesday when a man suffered a diabetic episode and drove his vehicle into the water. Hertz and another fisherman rushed to the rescue, pulling the man from the car.

A day later, the father of four was called to action again. A small plane with two people on board crashed into the water about 500 yards from his boat. Hertz dragged the pilot and passenger onto his boat and headed to shore.

Hertz told the Tampa Bay Times ( ) he just happened to be in the right place at the right time and calls the incidents pure coincidence.

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