Iowa State University football players Anthony Lazard, Jack Spreen, Joe Doran and Josh Jahlas are being hailed as heroes

By Char Adams
Updated April 01, 2016 02:25 PM
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A group of Iowa State University football players are being hailed as heroes for saving a woman from drowning after she drove her car into a bay earlier this month, PEOPLE has learned.

Police said Anthony Lazard, Jack Spreen, Joe Doran and Josh Jahlas sprang into action when they saw a car sinking in the Laguna Madre Bay from their hotel room balcony in South Padre Island, Texas, on March 16, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

“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,” witnessing officer Michael Schiltz said in the statement.

At about 8 p.m. on March 16 the group saw Luisa Castor’s black car drive past and car slip into the nearby bay.

That’s when Lazard, Spreen and Doran took off, jumping into the canal, swimming to the car and punching the vehicle’s front window in an effort to free the woman.

“I was getting worried that we were going to watch this girl drown to death, because no matter how hard we were hitting it, it wasn’t cracking or spidering for a while,” Lazard told the Des Moines Register.

He added: “She was like, ‘Get me out! Get me out! Get me out!’ ”

The men broke a hole in the damaged windshield and were able to pull her out of the car.

They pulled the woman to shore where Jahlas, Spencer Benton and Matt Swoyer rushed to her aid.

“I have no words to express how appreciative I am of them,” Castro told the register. “Even when I messaged them, I still felt that the words or what I was saying to them to thank them and how grateful I was – it just felt like that wasn’t enough.”

Castro was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, a police spokesperson tells PEOPLE. It is unknown whether she has entered a plea or has a lawyer.

Lazard, Jahlas and Spreen are senior linebackers for the university’s football team, the Cyclones, and Benton is a sophomore defensive end, according to the team’s roster.

Both Doran and Swoyer are former Cyclones, ESPN reports.