A 71-year-old man is lucky to be alive after being rescued from a cesspool on Long Island, according to fire officials.
His daughter, Melissa Pantelis, called 911, then sprawled on the grass and grabbed his hand.
Eddie Matos Jr. rushed to help — and fell partway in himself. But he managed to drag his father out, with help from his sister and a passing friend.
Assistant Fire Chief John Giammarino says the family's quick action averted a tragedy. The fire official says methane gas from the cesspool could have been deadly.