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Two Boca men risk life for another

By Alex Zequeira email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Some call it the ultimate risk; risking ones life to save another. That's what two local men did and now they're being called heroes.

Scott Roseman, 23, and his roommate, Anthony Iovino, 24, of Boca Raton, were driving north on I-95 near Pompano Beach on Thursday, when they spotted a crowd near the canal located just south of Copans Road.

They pulled over, and when they got out of their truck, they saw that there was a car flipped over inside the water.

"As soon as we realized that there was a car in the canal... I looked over and grabbed my roommate and three other gentlemen... And we decided to jump right in." said Roseman.

The two men along with three others paid no mind to the threat of alligators when they risked their lives to save 51-year-old Pierre Imbert. Imbert, who suffers from undisclosed medical problems, lost control of his vehicle and plunged into the canal.

"I felt like if it was something I was obligated to do because like I said... If it were me in there... I would hope someone would do it for me," said Iovino.

Somehow, all five men were able to lift the car in the water and flip it. That's when Iovino used a knife given to him by an onlooker to cut Imbert's seat-belt.

"We grabbed his torso, grabbed his legs and we were able to swim back and get him back onto land," said Iovino.

There, a bystander jumped in and performed CPR. About a minute later Imbert was spitting out water and breathing once again. Today, Roseman and Iovino are happy that they were able to save Imbert's life. The accident is still under investigation, but investigators are looking at whether medical problems may have caused Imbert to swerve off the road.

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