International Union of Painters and Allied Trades member Erik Schorken is a glazing instructor for District Council 16 in Northern California. Brother Schorken was recently among a small group of passersby who rescued a family of four after their car crashed into a the Oakland Estuary. The car was sinking quickly and Schorken and the others didn’t hesitate to swim to their rescue.
“I said to my wife, ‘I think someone might have gone into the water,'” Schorken told ABC News. “But no one was stopping.”
Then they saw an ambulance, so Schorken decided to pull over and see what was going on.
It turned out the ambulance was there for another matter, but the car’s occupants noticed people were trapped in the water, so Schorken, Goodwin and Tracey McCormick, who was also driving by the estuary at the time, jumped in and swam out to the scene.
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