When two vehicles crashed in Gaithersburg on Thursday, one hit a tree and then other careened down an embankment and into a nearby lake. That’s when a pair of men playing golf nearby dropped their clubs and leapt to action.

The men, along with staffers from a nearby community center, rescued a mother and two teenagers from the submerged vehicle.

The incident happened in the 8800 block of East Village Avenue about 6 p.m., near the Lake Marion Community Center, where Montgomery County rescue crews arrived to find an SUV in the water, but three occupants safely on dry land — thanks to the bystanders.

“We think their actions were life-saving,” said Pete Piringer, a county fire department spokesman.

Medics evaluated the mother who was driving the SUV and took her to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities also took the driver of the car that hit a tree to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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