Man who plunged 400 feet in crash is OK |

Man who plunged 400 feet in crash is OK

INCLINE VILLAGE – If there’s a good way to take a 400-foot dive off a cliff into the waters of Lake Tahoe, Guy Fortin found it.

“It’s pretty miraculous,” his wife Michele Fortin said Friday.

Early Oct. 2, Guy Fortin was driving back on State Route 28 to his Elk Grove, Calif. home after a weekend of camping and hiking with his nephew when he lost control of his tan Chrysler Sebring convertible. The car and Fortin plunged 400 feet into the rocks below, about a mile south of Sand Harbor State Park.

It would be hours in the cold and dark before Steve Crouch, a fisherman from Galt, spotted the car with its hood partially submerged in the lake about 8 a.m. He had been fishing along the East Shore when he saw something moving. What he found was Fortin stuck inside the convertible and bleeding from the head.

Almost two weeks later, Fortin is at his California home, recovering from injuries sustained in the accident including a broken clavicle, broke scapula, broken ribs and a broken left hand.

“We’re really happy that he’s here with us and that none of the injuries are permanent,” Michele Fortin said.

Michele Fortin said Crouch is like a guardian angel to her family.”It was amazing that he was there,” she said.

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