Iowa State players credited with saving woman's life

A group of former and current Iowa State football players is being credited with saving a woman's life after her car plunged into a canal during spring break on South Padre Island in Texas last month.

Former Cyclones linebacker Jack Spreen told The Associated Press that he and some friends were sitting on a balcony at their hotel on March 16 when they noticed a car go into the nearby canal. Spreen said he, current Iowa State linebacker Anthony Lazard and Joe Doran, a walk-on who is no longer on the team, sprinted to the water.

The woman, identified by police as Luis Maria Castro, 22, was attempting to kick out the windshield as water filled the passenger side of the vehicle, Spreen said.

The three men tried to break the driver's side window without success, but the woman was able to make a hands-sized hole in the windshield. Spreen said he and his friends were able to make that hole big enough to pull the woman out of the car.

''The only thing I can take away from it is just to help people when they're in a bad situation,'' Spreen said. ''There really wasn't much decision making. We just went.''

The South Padre Island police department said in a press release that the witnessing officer, Michael Schiltz, credited the men with saving the woman's life.

''That car completely sank in less than a minute and if not for them jumping into the water and pulling the driver out, she would most certainly have drowned,'' Schlitz said.

Castro was later charged with driving while intoxicated. The story was first reported by the Des Moines Register.

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