SAN MATEO -- Crews from the Coast Guard and the Alameda County Fire Department tracked down and rescued a man from the bay near Highway 92 after he crashed his car during a fight with his wife then fell in the water as the brawl continued outside, CHP officials said.

The white Honda SUV crashed into a guardrail about 2:25 p.m. while headed east on the high rise, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. The people inside, a man and wife, were reportedly physically fighting in the car before it crashed near Pier 1.

According to Montiel, the couple got out of their car and continued fighting on the side of the roadway as traffic grinded to a halt in the eastbound direction. Sometime during the heated argument, which witnesses said became progressively physical, the man fell about 10 to 15 feet into the water below.

Within an hour, crews found him clinging to a pier beneath the San Mateo Bridge, Montiel said. He was picked up on an Alameda County Fire Department boat and brought to safety at the San Leandro Marina about 4 p.m.

Crews were keeping an eye on the man late Friday afternoon to determine whether he will need medical attention, Montiel said. Authorities were also working to decide whether domestic violence charges are warranted.

"We don't know if there are going to be charges filed at this point," Montiel said. "It depends on what we find out as we investigate what happened, and find out more about what they were fighting about."

All lanes of Highway 92 were open as of 4:15 p.m., Montiel said. The investigation into the crash and the alleged domestic violence are ongoing.

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