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Raiders assistant trainer rescues woman from sinking car in Oakland estuary

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Oakland Raiders assistant trainer Chris Cortez is being hailed as a hero after reports began surfacing in the last two days that he saved a woman from drowning last Saturday night.

According to several media reports, Cortez, his wife and family friend Taryn Griffin were driving by an Oakland estuary when he spotted a car in the water.

The car was beginning to sink, so Cortez and Griffin, along with several other bystanders, leapt into the water to try and rescue the driver, who was still in the sinking vehicle.

"We got the woman to roll down her window and the car started going under," Cortez told Raiders.com. "Taryn, being the awesome swimmer that she is, dove right in and so I just went in right after her. And so did another individual, and we got her out of there without a scratch, which is pretty amazing."

The entire incident was captured on cellphone video by another passerby. The unidentified female driver of the car that went into the water suffered only minor injuries.

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