89-year-old man mistakes gas pedal for brake, drives new BMW into NC marina

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. — An 89-year-old man accidentally drove his new BMW into a marina in North Carolina Saturday afternoon.

TowBoatUS employee Matt Wild said the man was driving the vehicle around 1 p.m. when he mistook the gas pedal for the brake and plowed through a fence and into the water, WWAY reports.

After four hours, crews were able to get the car out of the water and onto a boat ramp.

The man was able to safely swim out of the window, but the car was totaled.