Rescuers pulled a man out of his car after he crashed it into Lake Coeur d'Alene on Saturday afternoon.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. on Coeur d'Alene Lake Dr. in between Silver Beach and Sunny Side Rd.
Lt. Stu Miller of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said one witness saw the driver, who was traveling eastbound on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, leave the road, but it isn't clear why.
"We had two other witnesses say they went into the water after him and were able to get him to shore," said. Lt. Miller.
The man was taken to Kootenai Health in critical condition. Fortunately, the driver wasn't in the 41 degree water for more than a few minutes. Deputies said the conditions could have caused hypothermia.
Officials said the man broke through a barrier and rolled several times before landing in the lake.
"In the water, he was about 30 feet from the shoreline, the car was under about six feet, luckily he didn't go any further because where the car was at, at the point where it stopped at, was on a ledge and that ledge drops off into some very deep water," Lt. Miller said.