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Police, good Samaritan rescue woman from ocean in Falmouth

A woman’s car was found 50 yards off Maravista Avenue in Falmouth Wednesday night.
A woman’s car was found 50 yards off Maravista Avenue in Falmouth Wednesday night. (Falmouth Police Department)

A good Samaritan rescued a 28-year-old woman from her car Wednesday night after she drove into the ocean in Falmouth, officials said.

Police responded to the end of Maravista Avenue near Menauhant Road at 6:57 p.m. and “found the car upright and just beyond the waterline,” the Falmouth Police Department said in a Facebook post.

The East Falmouth resident had been traveling south on Maravista Avenue “at a high rate of speed.” She did not stop at the stop sign on Menauhant Road, which runs along the shore in the area, nor at several other warning signs before driving onto the beach and into the water, Lieutenant Douglas Decosta said in a telephone interview.

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She was 50 yards past the road when police found her, having already been helped out of the car by a witness.

Decosta said she was impaired by alcohol, and police believe the accident may have been a suicide attempt. He suspects that if the tide had not been so low, her car could have been “a few feet” underwater.

The driver was the only one in the car. She was taken to Falmouth Hospital by Falmouth Fire Rescue for injuries that were not life-threatening and an involuntary committal, Decosta said.

A local tow company could not reach the car because of the sand. The Falmouth Department of Public Works was called to assist in pulling the vehicle off the beach.

Falmouth police are still investigating.


Sabrina Schnur can be reached at sabrina.schnur@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sabrina_schnur.