Kayaker Saves Family After Car Plunges Off Cliff

One man is being hailed as a hero after a family's car crashed off a cliff and into a river.
1:44 | 04/09/13

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Now to another dramatic rescue. Kayak being hailed as a hero after he saved a family of five. Their suv plunged off a cliff into the river and gio benitez has the story. Reporter: This mangled mess is all that's left of the duv that mark divatorio heard landing in the water in front of him. I heard the sound of a crash and a second sound of a crash when they landed into the river. Reporter: Seconds earlier that car with a family of five inside had swerved off the road saturday hitting a tree and a boulder before catapulting off the highway and into the american river. What had been a kayaking adventure for divvitorio quickly became a rescue mission. There were things had I done differently people may is died. Reporter: In the backseat two teenager girls and 4-year-old. I grabbed the first girl, the youngest girl and grabbed the two older girls and got them ashore. Reporter: He then went back for the parents. The father was trapped upside down. The up to of his head was touching the water. His wife's thighs are helping to support keeping him above water. Reporter: They pulled the children's mother out through the sunroof but the father's legs were still trapped. The wife was so supportive of heifer husband she didn't want to leave his side. They told each other that they loved one another. That I think was part of what saved this man's life. If they haven't been wearing seat belts they would have been ejected. Reporter: This morning the driver of the suv is still in the hospital but thanks to his quick thinking his family is home alive. For "good morning america," gio benit benitez, abc, new york.

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