The man who dived into the Brisbane River to save a 51-year-old man from his sinking Ute has been identified.

Lincoln Sherlock, aged 39, from Springfield Lakes is the man behind the heroic rescue of the 51-year-old Shane Wood.

In an interview with The Courier Mail, Mr Sherlock’s brother Bryce said that his brother is that “type of guy” and that he saw his act of heroism as “something everyone would have done.”

Lincoln Sherlock was said to be heading to a roofing job in Eagle Farm when he saw Mr Woods’ vehicle careen out of control through three lanes of traffic at Kingsford Smith Drive, crashing through a fence and then plunging into the river.

After checking that Mr Woods was safe, Lincoln Sherlock then proceeded to secure the vehicle with web strapping so the Ute did not slide further into the murky Brisbane River.

In a statement released from the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Mr Wood has thanked Mr Sherlock for his efforts.

“I would not have been able to get out without his help,” he said.

“He is an everyday hero and it was a selfless act on a very cold morning. It’s good to know there are still good people in the world.”

The exact cause of the incident is still yet to be determined, but Mr Woods told paramedics on scene that he was suffering from the flu and had probably fainted at the wheel before the incident.