PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials say an 84-year-old woman was rescued after crashing her car through two chain-link fences and careening into Portland Harbor just hours before low tide.

The spectacle Friday afternoon had Good Samaritans, firefighters and police officers plunging into the water to help.

Michael Wells, who watched the scene unfold, told The Portland Press Herald that there were about 30 people in the water at one point. Eventually the woman was removed from the vehicle and Fire Lt. Robert Slaving swam her to shore, where she was put in a basket and hoisted to land.

The driver, identified as Ursula Nixon, was taken to a hospital. Her niece, Mary Ledue-Paine, told the newspaper that her aunt was grateful no one else was hurt.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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