A despondent 20-year-old Providence man drove his ex-girlfriend's car into the water near the Johnson and Wales Harborside Campus and was rescued by dive teams this afternoon after "personal problems that he was experiencing," police said.
Cranston Police Major Robert W. Ryan said the call came in around 2:30 p.m. from a Johnson and Wales security officer who reported a car was driven into the bay.
First responders found the man clinging to a wooden piling in the water near the submerged car.
Crews from Warwick and East Providence came with boats to assist Cranston Police, who said the man intentionally drove the car belonging to his ex-girlfriend into the water because of his personal problems.
Witnesses said they saw a car driving at a relatively high rate of speed when it went through a security chain and retaining wall before plunging into the water.
The vehicle will be removed tomorrow when crews can "secure sufficient equipment and lighting," said Cranston Police Major Robert W. Ryan.
The man was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for evaluation.