Driver trapped and rescued on Newport road turned into a river wants to pay-it-forward

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – Some crazy weather moved through our area on Tuesday. Severe thunderstorms caused many areas to experience street flooding, hail, and wind.

In fact, streets in Newport looked more like rivers. A Newport man told ABC 6 News he had a few guardian angels on his side after his car became stuck in more than two feet of water. Thanks to complete strangers, he is safe tonight, but wants to pay it forward.

Everyday, Anthony Spiratos drives on Eustis Avenue in Newport for his drive to and from work. Tuesday afternoon his drive turned into something he’s never seen before. Spiratos said, “It just got bad within seconds. It got pretty scary pretty fast. I have lived on this island my whole life and never encountered anything remotely close to this.”

He said his car sits low to the ground and quickly became overtaken by more than two feet of water. Spiratos said, “I couldn’t open the car door so I had to either try and get out of the car window and wait for someone to help.”

Luckily for Spiratos, three complete strangers rushed to his aid. While up to their knees in water, they helped push his car to dry land.

Spiratos told us, “One was a nursing student. The other two I had no idea, but they were in the right place at the right time. You don’t know what could be under the water, some power lines or anything like that.”

Spiratos even tried to pay his three so-called guardian angels for helping him to safety, but they refused. Now, he has made it his goal to pay it forward.  He said, ”It goes to show there are people out there that really care about human kind and I’ll try my hardest to try and help out other people myself too.”

Spiratos’ car may be damaged from being partially submerged in water, and will likely need to get it repaired, but he said that is a small price to pay for his safety.

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