Police found an upside down car in a ditch in Marin. A man was alive inside.

Amid a torrential downpour, a deputy police officer in Marin helped rescue a man late Monday night in a vehicle fully turned upside down and hanging from a branch over a rushing creek off Lucas Valley Road.

The officer hiked down an embankment to get a look inside the vehicle and the discovered the man was breathing, but the car’s precarious position made it difficult to reach him.

The Marinwood Fire Department was called to the scene and stabilized the car by attaching straps to it and some nearby trees (see a photo above).

“The deputy then broke a window and placed a harness around the driver’s torso so that he could be extricated via a rescue line by fire personnel,” the Marin Sheriff’s Office reported in a statement. “During the process, the driver stopped breathing. The deputy helped to place the patient onto a backboard, so he could be carried up the side of the creek to the waiting ambulance gurney.”

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The fire department provided life-saving treatment as the man was transported to the hospital. He was in intensive care as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Marin’s Sheriff’s Office says a passing motorist reported the overturn vehicle and said the   headlights and windshield wipers were both on. The deputy found the car hanging from a branch over a rushing river and when walked down the embankment he saw a man inside suspended by a seatbelt.

“His story serves as a reminder to drive safely, and to slow down in inclement weather,” a statement from the sheriff’s office reads.

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