We don't need to tell you why rally racing – though awesome – is incredibly dangerous. As much as we love to watch turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Euro hatches being flung around on dirt, gravel, snow and tarmac, the fact that many of these races go through small towns and wooded trails leaves plenty of room for disaster.

Case in point: This Renault Clio racer went off course during the 2012 Mazowiecki Rally, leaving driver Patrick Osowiecki and navigator Maciej Wrona trapped upside-down in a lake. According to CarScoop, no race officials were near the scene of the accident, but some selfless spectators rushed in to attempt to free Osowiecki and Wrona from their racecar. Scroll down to watch the action unfold.



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      Javanese
      • 2 Years Ago
      In all seriousness.. those 2 almost died. You cant get out an 8 point harness while tumbling down the road into a pond upside down and fully submerged in water. You don't even have time to take a deep breath. If those guys were not there I'm 110% sure this will be a tragedy of blatant incompetency by the organizers .
      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, close call. Good for them!
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      That video was in Polish.. the lady said (she was the one recording) approximately "Guys, help them!" once or twice ... then "Guys, HELP THEM. Theyres people drowing in there/in front of us!" and then "Hurry, in with your shoes! Forget the shoes!" As you can see a few guys stripped a bit. Who knows how far they were from home, and what the temp was, so not everyone was keen to jump in and be soaked all day. Crazy, you can how upset and scared the second driver to get out was. The lady at the end was telling the guy with her to go see if the driver standing alone needs any help still because he looked so distraught. She said maybe he hit himself. Caring person.
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Three cheers to those spectators.
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way to go giuys! Case (keg?) of beer for that one.
      andrewlewandowski
      • 2 Years Ago
      Protip, exhaust tips are hot @1:05
      ycplum
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am kind of impressed. Rolling the car in a pond isn't as easy as you would think. You are notjust rolling the car, but also the shifting the water that has flooded the car. The water itself probably weight more than the car. Plus, the rescuers were likely "bracing" themselves against slippery and silty mud. Kudos.
      GET TO WORK!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is my worst nightmare. I always roll down my windows when I drive past any body of water, in case I need to make a quick escape. So glad to see these guys survived.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank God for the dude in the banana hammock! He seriously saved lives, but was he watching the race in his speedo? I guess it the European equivalent of NASCAR.
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank God for young men like these guys....they're all heroes in my book. I'm quite certain the two who were in the car are especially grateful to them. Great going guys!
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      How lucky can they get?
      God Bless You
      • 2 Years Ago
      All that end well is well...brave bunch of guys.
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