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Two teens quickly become heroes after car plunges into a South Hill pond

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"We needed to get in there and get her as fast as possible so that she wouldn't drown," said Henley. "We needed to get in there and get her as fast as possible so that she wouldn't drown," said Henley.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The teens were just fishing.  They say that night they didn't catch any fish, but they did end up saving a life. 

Alex Henley, a senior at Lewis and Clark, and Ty Vollemberg, a senior at Ferris, walk around the pond behind the Twigs shopping center on Regal Street, pointing out tire tracks from the night before. 

The two were casually baiting hooks and casting lines, perhaps something they normally would've have gotten in trouble for, because signs are posted that read, "No Fishing," on Tuesday night. 

All of a sudden they saw a woman pull up without any lights on.  Then out of nowhere things took a surprising turn. 

"I hear a loud honk and then I hear bam," says Henley.  "Her front bumper hit these two pieces of concrete."

That's when the teens say the woman drove into a wooden sign, backed up and then barreled forward right into the water.   "My senses kicked in that this lady is in danger and I need to help," says Henley.  "We needed to get in there and get her as fast as possible so that she wouldn't drown."

The boys went in after her. 

"Her body was very stiff.  I didn't know if she was having a heart attack," says Henley.  "Her eyes were very dilated and she would just not let go of the steering wheel."

"She thought she was still driving," Vollemberg chimed in. 

Shortly after they got her to shore first responders arrived, but in this case the teens were the true first responders. 

"They called us heroes and lifesavers," says Vollemberg, smiling.   "So I mean that feels pretty great."

It turns out the teens didn't get in trouble for fishing in the pond after all.  The woman they rescued was arrested for a DUI charge, but is otherwise okay.

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