NORTH PORT, Fla. - A trip to Publix took a dangerous turn when a North Port customer lost control of his car and crashed into a pond outside the store.
But thanks to an employee's quick thinking that man is safe.
This employee is actually based out of Sarasota. He was at this North Port store making a delivery, something he says only takes about 15 minutes. But in that short time, he saw the car in the middle of the lake and heard the driver calling for help
No question about it, Luigi Giannattasio was in the right place at the right time.
"I'm usually not a gambler but it was a bet worth taking,' he says.
A bet that helped save the life of a 43-year-old David Swilley who lost control of his car, crashed through this gate and into the pond. The Publix truck driver says the second he saw what happened, he jumped into action.
"This gentleman starts screaming, 'I can't swim, I can't swim, help, I can't swim!'... I just rushed through the fence and dove in the water. I managed to reach him and calm him down. He didn't need another person to panic in the water. I was very focused i was a little worried about the gators that sometimes I see swimming around here but I took my chances," he says.
With the help of two other witnesses, Luigi pulled the driver to safety, a scary moment he says he would do again in a heartbeat.
"I had the chance to help somebody else so that's what I did," he adds.
David's mother, who didn't want to go on camera, says she wants to thank everyone who helped save her son.
"I can't wait to see them to at least try and give them a hug," she says.