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Man drives off Quincy pier, but gets himself out of car and onto shore

A man drove off a Quincy pier and was taken to the hospital Saturday morning, according to State Police.

The man, who State Police said was about 53, drove his car into the water around 8:52 a.m. but was able to get himself out of the car and onto shore, said David Procopio, a spokesman, in an e-mail.

The man was taken to Boston Medical Center for evaluation, Procopio said. The extent of his injuries was not known.

According to a Quincy fire official, the incident took place at Nut Island pier, near Sea and Island avenues.

“We know the gentleman drove into the pier area parking lot and drove through the railing into water, then floated over a little bit,” Captain Patrick Dee said in a brief phone interview.

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The water was deep enough to go over the roof of the white SUV, but the man got out immediately and was helped by a nearby recreational boater, Dee said.

The incident displaced an 8-foot section of metal rail at the lot, and authorities were waiting until low tide for a wrecker to extract the car early Saturday afternoon, he said.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation, Procopio said.


Lucas Phillips can be reached at lucas.phillips@globe.com.