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Firefighters prepare to rescue a driver from his partially submerged car in the Detroit River. ((Tom Addison/CBC))

A man in Windsor, Ont., who stopped his car to watch the sunset ended up watching his car go down instead — straight into the Detroit River.

The man parked his Chrysler Sebring convertible on a boat launch in the Sandwich area to get a view of the glowing orange sunset.

But the vehicle began rolling forward into the water, prompting the man to hop aboard in a failed attempt to stop it.

Apparently feeling marooned in the chilly water, the man calmly sat atop the driver's side door for at least 20 minutes waiting to be rescued.

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Steve LeClair, from Myers Towing, prepares to haul the car out of the water. ((Tom Addison/CBC))

Eventually, firefighters got him out using a ladder bucket.

The man appeared to be fine, but was taken to hospital to be checked out.

Witnesses said a Myers tow truck driver, Steve LeClair, subsequently waded into the river to hook up the car and haul it out.