Baseball Lost A Potential AllTimer In José Fernández

The death on Sunday of José Fernández, one of baseball’s brightest young stars, who was killed in a boating accident off the coast of Miami, came less than two months after his 24th birthday. In his short time on Earth, Fernández had already been through a number of terrifying ordeals in attempting to defect from his native Cuba: three failed attempts (each of which led to imprisonment), and a successful fourth try — at age 15 — that required him to dive overboard at one point to rescue his mother from drowning in stormy waters. PITCHERTEAMINNINGSWARSOBBHRFIPFIP- Roger ClemensRed Sox485.212.88.12.50.72.8771 Bert BlylevenTwins1335.236.27.42.20.62.5569 Jose Fernandez spent a year in a Cuban prison for trying to escape. On his successful trip to America, he saved his mother from drowning. pic.twitter.com/YdGOCfPXqp— Rohan Nadkarni (@RohanNadkarni) September 25, 2016 Terry ForsterWhite Sox493.29.77.54.00.32.7374 Joe WoodRed Sox1147.122.06.72.60.12.0776 Given a hard-earned chance at a baseball career in the United States, Fernández didn’t disappoint. He won Rookie of the Year with the Marlins in 2013, then battled back from an elbow injury to be the game’s best pitcher this season. He was a monumental talent, the magnitude of which only comes along a few times in a generation, and he played the game with flair and panache. Walter JohnsonSenators1355.125.76.12.00.11.7875 Clayton KershawDodgers716.117.89.43.50.63.0476 Major League players rarely die in mid-career, but those who do are usually quite young: more than 60 percent of the active MLB players who died since 2000 were Fernández’s age or younger. We’ll never know if prospects such as the late Oscar Taveras and Nick Adenhart could have gone on to become Hall of Famers someday, because they were lost so early in their careers. The possibilities were there, but they were still mostly unrealized at the time of their passing.In Fernández’s case, though, we have a pretty good inkling that he was on track for Cooperstown. Only 20 pitchers in modern history produced more wins above replacement than Fernández did through his age-23 season,1Although Fernández turned 24 during the season, FanGraphs assigns ages based on a player’s age on June 30 of a given year. and that’s not even considering the fact that he missed huge chunks of two seasons due to injury. On a rate basis, no pitcher had a better Fielding Independent Pitching mark relative to the league through his age-23 season than Fernández did: Dean ChanceAngels751.116.56.23.00.42.7976 Tom HallTwins455.19.08.53.70.72.9476 PER 9 INNINGS Dwight GoodenMets1172.232.58.22.60.42.4668 Best pitchers through age 23, 1901-2016 Minimum 450 innings through age-23 season.FIP = Fielding Independent Pitching, which judges pitchers on the stats they directly control, independently of a team’s defense: walks, strikeouts and home runs allowed.FIP- = A metric that comparesFIP to the league, where average is 100 and lower numbers are better.Source: FanGraphs.com José FernándezMarlins471.113.911.32.70.62.4364 According to Bill James’ similarity score system, the Hall of Fame pitcher most analogous to Fernández was a young Tom Seaver, who racked up parallel conventional numbers at the same age. (The two are also very similar by WAR, particularly according to Baseball-Reference’s method:2Which, as I wrote about recently, differs philosophically from that of FanGraphs. it says Fernández had 13.0 WAR through age 23, while Seaver had 12.8.) A two-time all-star by 23, Seaver went on to grab 10 more all-star nods, won 311 career games, made the Hall of Fame with the second-highest percentage of the vote ever, and was somewhere between the fifth- and 10th-most valuable pitcher in baseball history. And this is a pitcher who had only about half as many strikeouts per 9 innings through age 23 as Fernández did.(Even granting that today’s era is much more strikeout-heavy than Seaver’s, that’s nuts. At the time of his death, Fernández was in the midst of the fifth-best season ever in terms of strikeouts per 9 innings.)Of course, Fernández had also fought through a significant injury already in his short career, and history tells us that a lot can happen to a pitcher from age 24 onward. Cleveland Indians pitcher Herb Score, for example, began his career in 1955 with dominant statistics very comparable to those of Fernández and Seaver, but a serious injury two years later (he was struck by a line-drive) left most of his potential greatness unrealized. Every pitcher’s career is delicate, constantly on the edge of derailment, and all-time glory is never a given.But given what we’d seen out of Fernández in his first (and now, astonishingly, only) four MLB seasons, it was clear he was special. Like the deaths of Roberto Clemente and Thurman Munson before him, Fernández’s loss will leave a void not just of personality, but of Hall of Fame-caliber talent. The game only had a small taste of what Fernández could do. read more

Brooklyn Lands NHLs NY Islanders Too

Brooklyn went from zero to two professional sports franchises in the time it takes to say, “Junior’s cheesecake.” The NHL’s New York Islanders followed the Nets, formerly of New Jersey, to the sprawling new Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, it was announced Wednesday.The Islanders, who played in Hemstead on Long Island, have a 25-year, “iron-clad” agreement to play in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, owner Charles Wang said.The Islanders will begin playing in Brooklyn at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, when their current lease with the archaic Nassau Coliseum expires.“It was our goal from day one to keep the Islanders in the local New York area.” Wang said in a team statement. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to play in Barclays Center, a first class arena. This has been a long journey for the Islanders family starting with our loyal fans, sponsors, and employees. I want to personally thank them for their patience, loyalty and support. I am excited about today’s announcement, and I am looking forward to a long and successful future in Brooklyn.”The press conference was attended by everyone from Wang, to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, to Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz.“Today is another great day for Brooklyn,” Markowitz said. “When I first campaigned for borough president, I made the promise that I would bring a major league sports team to Brooklyn. But never in my wildest dreams did I think we would be home to both the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Islanders.Barclays Center majority owner Bruce Ratner was also in attendance. As recently as August, Ratner said he was “trying like hell” to get the Islanders to join the Nets in Brooklyn.In making the move of about 25 miles west, the Islanders will be rejoining the Nets. The Nassau Coliseum opened in 1972 as home to both the expansion Islanders and the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association. The Nets moved to New Jersey in 1977, one year after joining the NBA.The Barclays Center will hold an estimated 14,500 fans for hockey, which will make it the smallest arena in the NHL. The MTS Centre in Winnipeg is the smallest, with a capacity of 15,004. The Islanders averaged just 13,191 last season and haven’t had an average of more than 14,000 since the 2002-03 season.Bettman said he didn’t think the number of seats would be an issue and pointed out the “intimacy” of the building. read more

Jason Kidd Concerned Nets Comfortable With Losing

Photo by The Associated Press.It is bad enough that the Brooklyn Nets, with the highest payroll in the NBA, are losing. It’s worst that they have become accustomed to losing.That’s coach Jason Kidd’s impression after watching his team fold to the Indiana Pacers Monday night, 103-86 at the Barclays Center, where their fans roundly booed another anemic effort.“I think it is getting very close to just accepting losing,” Kidd, the first-year coach, said, after his team lost its third straight to drop to 9-18 this season. “We are kind of getting comfortable with losing. And we got to make a stand with that because when things get tough, do we just give in, and most of the time right now, we do.”Not acceptable for any team, but especially a club with an estimated $190 million payroll, counting the impending luxury tax. But it does not sound good.After the Pacer defeat, Joe Johnson told ESPNNewYork.com, “It’s not the first time (losing was accepted). We haven’t put up much of a fight. It kind of comes with the territory.”Point guard Deron Williams, who has been among the many Nets injured this season, said: “I’m not comfortable losing. It’s not fun. Not only when we’re losing during the game, but when I go home sitting there and thinking about it, it’s not fun.”Kidd broke down his theory.“When we don’t make shots, we tend to hang our head and we forget about playing defense,” he said. “You look at Indiana, they got a couple of layups there because of missed shots and our transition [defense], which was really good in the first half because I guess both teams weren’t making shots. And there in the third, Indiana is making shots and we are not, and the game kind of got away from us.”Performing at a higher level always helps.“I need to play better,” Williams said. “I need to be more aggressive for us to have a chance–especially with (center) Brook (Lopez) going down (for the season with a broken foot), that’s what I talked about is stepping up.”Despite their horrible start, the Nets find themselves just 2½ games behind Toronto for first place in the Atlantic Division.“Yeah, I mean, anything can happen,” Williams said. “We’re just digging ourselves out of a hole right now. We’re trying to make the playoffs and we’re still only a couple games back of leading our division, and that’s kind of where our focus is right now.” read more

Ohio State womens basketball looks to catch its breath win first game

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) during a game against Connecticut on Nov. 16. OSU lost 100-56. Credit: Ian Bailey | Lantern reporterAfter falling to the two top-ranked teams in the country, the No. 7 Ohio State women’s basketball team (0-2) is set to host Belmont (2-0) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in search of its first victory.The Buckeyes began the season on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina, falling to No. 2 South Carolina 88-80 before hosting top-ranked Connecticut, losing to the three-time defending champions 100-56. OSU coach Kevin McGuff and his players remained pleased with the scheduling of the Huskies and Gamecocks, undeterred by the losses.“You never know how good you are, unless you face the best,” junior forward Shayla Cooper said, dismissing the notion that OSU shouldn’t have scheduled the difficult early-season tests.McGuff agreed.“If you’re trying to be relevant, you’ve gotta play the best teams, you’ve gotta get on TV. Even though it didn’t go our way, we had a great crowd, we had a lot of recruits here, we were on national TV,” McGuff said following the loss to UConn, referencing a conversation he had with Huskies coach Geno Auriemma prior to tipoff.Belmont, despite starting the season with two victories over Young Harris, 80-31, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 63-62, is unranked. The Bruins, who are members of the Ohio Valley Conference, finished the 2014-15 season with a 14-17 record, falling to all three ranked teams they played.“I just know they run a motion offense and they love to shoot,” Cooper said about Belmont.The numbers back up Belmont’s propensity to shoot early and often. The Bruins shot 21 and 24 3-pointers in their first two games, making 33.3 and 47.6 percent, respectively. They also have forced 39 turnovers combined, while committing fewer fouls than their opponents in each of the past two games.But rather than specifically focus on game-planning for Belmont, OSU has worked on improving itself in light of the two losses to start the season.“I think our communication improved today,” Cooper said.She continued, noting that the disappointment felt by the Buckeyes after the loss to South Carolina outweighed the frustration they felt following the loss to UConn because of the close game against the Gamecocks.Missing MavungaMuch is able to be learned when you play against such elite competition early on.The game against South Carolina showed the Buckeyes how close they were to the No. 2 team while the loss to UConn showed them how far they have yet to go.But between both games, rebounding, or the lack thereof, plagued OSU. The Gamecocks outrebounded the Buckeyes 51-42, and the Huskies took further advantage of their size, achieving a 49-29 lead on the glass. Cooper led OSU in rebounding in both games with 15 and eight, respectively, but beyond her, sophomore forward Alexa Hart and sparsely used redshirt junior center Lisa Blair, McGuff’s team lacks size and strength in the interior. This puts a lot of the weight on Cooper’s shoulders.Cooper said she thinks her physicality is her most important skill she brings to the team. “I like going up against one of our transfers, (junior forward) Stephanie (Mavunga) because she’s really physical,” she said.Mavunga, redshirting this year, must sit out a season after transferring to OSU from North Carolina this fall. For the Tar Heels, the 6-foot-3 forward averaged 14.4 points and 9.6 rebounds while leading the team with 2.6 blocks per game.If NCAA rules did not require Mavunga to sit out a season, she would likely start beside Cooper or Hart inside, fortifying the interior that has given the Buckeyes issues. But without her, OSU will need to find ways to improve on the glass all season long. Its search for answers begins Thursday against Belmont. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Despite ironic defeat Crew still at top of conference as playoffs approach

The game of soccer is not without a sense of irony, or so it would seem. Perhaps it’s fitting that the man who coached the team at the beginning of the Crew’s 22-game home unbeaten streak also brought it to an end with his triumphant return to Crew Stadium Saturday night. The irony was apparently lost on the 14,372 disappointed Crew fans in attendance. Former Crew coach Sigi Schmid, last year’s Coach of the Year in the team’s championship season, brought his Seattle Sounders FC to Columbus in search of points for his playoff push and left with a 1-0 victory.“The game of soccer is a strange game,” Schmid said. “The Crew is the best team in the league, and for us to be able to come in here and win 1-0, no matter how it was [played], is something to be very proud of.” It was a night in which nothing would bounce the Crew’s way. Literally.Twenty-four minutes into the game, Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven put a shot on goal that Seattle defender Tyrone Marshall attempted to clear with a header. He didn’t get it cleanly, and the ball squirted toward the net. It hit the right goalpost, appeared to be going in and then ricocheted away.Seattle was able to cash in their next scoring opportunity. Sounders’ forward Fredy Montero took a pass at the top left corner of the box and put a shot on goal. Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer slid down on his right side and appeared to make the save, but the ball came off his gloves with Montero still charging. Montero’s teammate Roger Levesque cleaned it up for his first career goal.The Sounders made the one-goal lead stand up.Mid-way through the second half, Crew fan favorite Steven Lenhart entered the game to the wild cheers of the Columbus faithful. The energy in the stadium picked up noticeably.Lenhart made his presence felt immediately. Charging the net, Lenhart headed a Gaven crossing attempt toward the goal. Marshall made an athletic bicycle kick inches in front of the goal to preserve Seattle’s lead.When informed of the fluky way in which his goal was averted, Lenhart said, “That’s how it goes. It sucks because the goalie’s allowed to use his hands and I’m not.”The Crew’s best chance at an equalizer came on Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s penalty kick with seven minutes remaining in regulation. Schelotto had been eight for eight in such situations on the season.His shot sailed wide left of the goal, and the Crew’s hopes of preserving the winning streak sailed with it.Schelotto was noticeably somber in the locker room after the game. “I feel bad for the missed penalty [shot]. I shot so bad and put the ball outside. It’s my fault,” he said.His teammate Hesmer wasn’t so quick to assign blame for the loss. “How many has Guillermo taken for us and nailed them every time? You can’t help but think that eventually the guy’s gonna be human and miss one,” Hesmer said.Schmid said of the shot, “We know that [Schelotto] likes to go down the middle when he can. We said ‘Just hold your ground, hold your ground. Force him into making a decision.’ But he’s not going to miss very often, so we’ll take it.”The victory for Seattle (10-7-11) puts them in a tie for third in the Western Conference with Chivas USA. The Crew (12-5-10) remain atop the East. read more

Hills 31 points power Ohio State womens basketball past Florida State in

The imminent chill of another December in Ohio crept its figurative way into the shooting of the Ohio State women’s basketball team for most of the night Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center as the team shot a season-low 37.8 percent from the field. But the No. 17 Buckeyes got hot when they needed to, overcoming a seven-point deficit in the final 1:22 of regulation to force overtime against Florida State in a game that was part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Junior guard Tayler Hill scored eight-straight OSU points over the final 34 seconds of regulation, capped off by a coast-to-coast layup with 0.3 seconds remaining to tie the score and send the game to overtime. OSU prevailed in the extra period, 78-75, after sophomore center Ashley Adams stole a Florida State inbound pass with 3.5 seconds left to prevent a game-tying shot attempt and seal the victory. With senior point guard and preseason Big Ten co-MVP Samantha Prahalis watching from the bench during overtime after fouling out with 10 seconds left in the second half, Hill took over again, scoring the last five points of the game over the final minute to help the Buckeyes turn a two-point deficit into a three-point victory. Hill finished with a career-high 31 points, 20 of which came in the second half and overtime while also setting career highs in steals (six), field goals (11) and three-pointers (4). “It’s crazy, it really is crazy,” Prahalis said of Hill’s performance. “But it’s not all surprising. We know (Hill) is a great player and down the stretch I have complete faith in her.” Adams agreed. “We see (Hill) do things like every day in practice,” she said of Hill. “It’s not really shocking but I’m very proud of her.” It wasn’t all grand for Hill, however, as she missed three-straight free throw attempts to start the overtime period. She did make her final three attempts from the line, including two with 13 seconds left to extend the OSU lead to three. “It was some inappropriate words to myself at first, since I missed the first three (attempts),” Hill said about what was going through her mind as she stepped to the line with the Buckeyes leading 76-75 in the final seconds. “I knew they were clutch free throws, it was down the stretch. I just straight focused on the rim, nothing else.” Both teams were in the holiday spirit of giving throughout the game, turning the ball over a combined 38 times, leading to a total of 43 points off turnovers for the game, 21 for Florida State and 22 for the Buckeyes. “We had enough gas in our engine to win a game when everything wasn’t pretty,” coach Jim Foster said. With the win, the Buckeyes complete their third-straight season without a November loss and now stand at 6-0. OSU travels to Oklahoma for its first road game of the season Sunday at 3 p.m. read more

Columbus Clippers take home opener 127 Ohio States Aaron Craft throws first

Aaron Craft took a break from basketball to head to the baseball diamond. The junior Ohio State men’s basketball guard threw out the first pitch for the Columbus Clippers in the team’s home opener at Huntington Park. “It’s definitely a humbling experience to know you get to do something like that, especially opening night,” Craft said. The Clippers went on to win the game, 7-6, on their way to a 2-2 series split against the Indianapolis Indians over the weekend. Columbus lost the series final, 12-7, Sunday after splitting a double header Saturday. On Friday, the Clippers, who are the minor league affiliate for the Cleveland Indians, rolled out pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to take the mound, but the former Boston Red Sox right-hander lasted only 2 1/3 innings and gave up three runs before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Matsuzaka is attempting to make a comeback after having UCL reconstruction, also called Tommy John surgery, in June 2011. The Clippers’ bats hit their stride in the second inning when third baseman Ryan Rohlinger knocked an RBI single to center field bringing in shortstop Juan Diaz. Catcher Roberto Perez followed with another single to bring center fielder Cedric Hunter home to score. In the same inning, designated hitter Jeremy Hermida doubled to deep left field to score two more. Diaz and Hunter tacked onto the lead in their second at bats of the inning to help extend the lead to 7-0. The Clippers scored all of their runs in the inning. “We got a pretty good lineup and when everybody is on and we hit like we need to, we’re pretty good,” Hunter said after the game. The Indians chipped away though. Indianapolis scored three runs in the third to cut the deficit to four and added two more in the fifth. Indians’ shortstop Jordy Mercer’s sacrifice fly scored third baseman Jared Goedert to make the score 7-6 in the sixth. That would mark the end of the scoring, though. Clippers relievers Rob Bryson and Preston Guilmet combined to pitch a scoreless last three innings and ensure the victory. “Great atmosphere. Columbus is a great city. They bring in great fans,” Columbus reliever Scott Barnes said after the game. The Clippers are 6-5 on the season. read more

Football Fourstar safety Lejond Cavazos commits to Ohio State

Ohio State added a safety to its 2020 recruiting class on Wednesday with four-star prospect Lejond Cavazos, who announced his commitment on Twitter.C O M M I T T E DO H I O S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/CEDFZeiQQN— Lejond Cavazos (@lejondaryy) June 27, 2018Cavazos is the No. 10 safety in his class and the No. 197 prospect overall, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He said on Twitter that received offers from schools including Wisconsin, Florida State and Notre Dame.The 30th highest recruit out of Florida in his class, the six-foot, 186-pound safety plays out of IMG Academy in Bradenton. He will be joined in the 2020 class by Jake Wray, a four-star offensive tackle who committed to Ohio State in April. read more

New alcohol guidelines could encourage ladette behaviour experts fear

first_imgThe document goes on to state:  “Of particular concern to some was the absence of any reference to differences between men and women with regard to single-occasion drinking.“Some clinicians expressed concern that this would give women what they felt was a false impression that they can drink as much as men.’Research has shown that one glass of wine a day can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 13 per cent.Britain is the worst country in the western world for heavy drinking among professional women, according to research published last year.Experts from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said the study, showing women in this country are twice as likely to be problem drinkers if they have a good education, revealed “the dark side of equality”.Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said: “It is widely recognised that moderate and responsible consumption of alcohol is compatible with a healthy lifestyle and carries a degree of risk comparable with many other day to day activities.   Pregnant bump It also says fears were raised that the equal limits were inconsistent with other parts of the guidance, which notes that a lower weight increases the risks from alcohol.When draft guidelines were published in January, they came under attack from those who said it was “nanny state scaremongering”.While the limits remain unchanged, including a warning that there is no safe drinking level, the language has been toned down to make it clear that many people enjoy the occasional tipple.It followed anger earlier this year when  Prof Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, urged people to “do as I do” and think about the risk of getting cancer if they were considering a glass of wine. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. ‘Respondents felt this could encourage women to drink more, believing they can consume alcohol at the same levels as men’Department of Health response to public consultation on alcohol guidelines Dame Sally The new guidance stresses that there is no intention to stop those who enjoy a drink from doing so Credit:PA This is a change from previous guidelines which state that while women should have an upper limit of 14, men can have up to 21 units a week.The advice suggests drinkers should have several booze-free days a week and warns that no level of regular drinking could be considered “completely safe”.When draft guidance was published in January, it provoked anger from those who said it was “nanny state scaremongering”.But a public consultation has found that many respondents, including doctors, fear the setting of equal limits could encourage women to drink more.A Department of Health document warns of “particular concern” that women could feel encouraged to binge drink, having been left with a “false impression that they can drink as much as men.”center_img  The recommendations now state that “for many, alcohol is a part of their social life’, and that the rules are not meant to ‘prevent those who wish to drink from doing so”. They also make it clear that the risks of drinking are no higher than other everyday activities such as driving a car. However, the rules say that it is safest for pregnant women or those trying to conceive not to drink at all. Concerns about the equalisation of upper drinking limits for men and women were revealed in the government’s response to a consultation on the alcohol guidance, published yesterday.The document states:  “A commonly cited objection was that the low-risk limits are now the same for men and women. “In particular, what was seen as conflicting statements around the effects of alcohol on different metabolisms and body weights, and concluding that there should not be a single figure for the weekly guideline.“In some cases, respondents felt this could encourage women to drink more, believing they can consume alcohol at the same levels as men, or that this might lead to people disbelieving the guidelines.” Pregnant women should not drink at all, the advice saysCredit:Alamy Wine glasses and people New alcohol guidelines could give women the “false impression” they can drink at unsafe levels, by telling them they can drink as much as men, health officials have admitted.The government’s recommendations say that both men and women should drink no more than 14 units a week – equivalent around six glasses of wine. “Rather than inform the consumer these revised guidelines will only serve to confuse. The revised guidelines also completely fail to take account of the reduction in alcohol consumption in the UK, which has seen a decline of nearly a fifth in the last decade.”Henry Ashworth, chief executive of the Portman Group said: “Although the CMOs have provided much needed clarity that responsible drinking carries a level of risk no greater than other day-to-day activities, it is regrettable that the guidelines still include a reference to the Guidelines Development Group’s view that there is no safe level of drinking.”This message has been consistently advocated by Guidelines Development Group members with widely-reported temperance interests and ignores international and domestic evidence. Placed alongside low risk guidelines it will render the CMOs’ advice confusing and contradictory for consumers.”A Department of Health spokesman said: “The alcohol guidelines give people the latest and most up to date scientific information so that they can make an informed decision about their drinking.”The aim of the guidelines is to help people understand the risks alcohol may pose to their health, not to prevent those who want to drink alcohol from doing so.”This was the most comprehensive look at all the evidence on alcohol in 20 years.” Prof Dame Sally Davies has urged the public to “do as I do” and think about the risks of cancer, before having a tippleCredit:PAlast_img read more

Heroic passersby jump into lake to save pensioner and his dog from

first_imgPassers-by plunge into lake to save pensioner and his dogCredit:Alex Kerr / SWNS.com/Alex Kerr / SWNS.com Passers-by plunge into lake to save pensioner and his dog Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Onlooker Alex Kerr, 29, filmed the footage from a nearby cafe after popping out to get a coffee with her family.The accountant, from St Albans, said: “It was quite surprising to see as we were just sitting and having a coffee when we heard this big crunch noise.”When we looked up we just saw this car floating into the lake, but it had already gone through a metal bollard and chain.”It just floated off but it took a while for any of us to realise someone was in there as he was sitting so still inside. “As soon as they realised they jumped straight in to help him, they were great.”They couldn’t get the door open so they tried to break the windows as it was going down and then they managed to open the back door. Car is eventually pulled out lakeCredit:Alex Kerr / SWNS.com/Alex Kerr / SWNS.comcenter_img This is the moment passers-by rushed to the aid of a pensioner and his dog after their car plunged into a lake and started sinking.The three life savers jumped into the lake in Welwyn Garden City, Herts., on Sunday (09/10) afternoon to rescue the man in his 70s.Video footage shows the swimmers banging on the glass window of the car in a bid to break it after attempts brave to open the door failed.As the car begins to sink the female and two males manage to get the back door of the car open and pull out the pensioner before it is swallowed up. “As soon as that door open it started to go down quickly but they managed to get him out and all that ended up showing of the car was the open boot.”Hertfordshire police were called at 12.49pm to reports of a car entering the lake at Stanborough Park.The rescued man, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, was treated at the scene and taken to hospital but he is believed to be uninjured. Car is eventually pulled out lakelast_img read more