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Hero Officially Commended After Jumping Into Channel to Save Driver Who Drove Off Ferry Terminal

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Last year on New Year’s Eve, a driver at the Lynchburg Ferry Terminal in Baytown, Texas, made a grave error.

For whatever reason, the driver did not stop in time at the end of the road but rolled right over the edge while braking, sending himself and his car into the water.

Thankfully for the driver, a motorist behind him saw what happened and had the capacity to act.

Robert C. Moore of Bellaire, Texas, was with his family in the car when he saw the vehicle ahead of them roll off the edge and into the water.

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A news release from the United States Coast Guard described what the good Samaritan did next.

“Moore jumped into the water to render assistance,” the release read. “Moore attempted to enter through the open trunk but was unable to access the main compartment when the car turned nearly vertical.

“As the vehicle sank, Moore pointed to the window and indicated that the driver should attempt to roll it down. The vehicle completely submerged, and the driver resurfaced.

“Moore grabbed the man, pulled him to the side of the ferry landing, then swam over to the guard rail where other citizens were waiting to help them both out of the water.”

The whole rescue was caught on camera, and the video was shared on social media to recognize Moore’s heroics.

On Friday, Moore was officially recognized for his actions by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston and presented with a Certificate of Merit.

“It is my distinct honor to present this Certificate of Merit to Mr. Moore for his brave and selfless actions which helped save a man’s life,” Captain Jason E. Smith said.

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“The Coast Guard expresses its utmost gratitude for the actions of Mr. Moore and praises his attentiveness and swift response that day.”

Moore’s family was also in attendance to watch him receive the commendation.

“Receiving this award means there was success in what I needed to do,” Moore said.

“I’m relieved Mr. Simmons had the chance to come out of that dire situation, and that I was not harmed in the process, especially with my family there.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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