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Surrey RCMP rescue 2 seniors from sinking vehicle in swimming pool

Officer jumps into pool, pulls occupants to safety
A Surrey RCMP officer pulled two elderly people out of a vehicle that was submerged in a Surrey swimming pool. (RCMP handout)

A Surrey RCMP officer was involved in a dramatic rescue Wednesday after a vehicle veered off the road and went into a swimming pool.

Const. Sarbjit Sangha told the Now-Leader that preliminary reports indicate that a vehicle, with two elderly occupants inside, lost control and veered off the road near the 16500-block of Glenwood Crescent South.

The vehicle went through a fence, into a swimming pool and “quickly submerged.”

The homeowners phoned 911, and RCMP Const. Gonpo arrived within a couple of minutes and jumped into the pool, police said.

“Const. Gonpo managed to open the door of the vehicle and remove both occupants of the vehicle out of the swimming pool,” RCMP said in a news release.

“The elderly couple were taken to a local hospital as a precaution, but thankfully have no obvious injuries. The owners of the property also played an important role to assist police. The vehicle was later extracted from the pool.”

Sgt. Brad Essex said police are “incredibly thankful” for the citizens who immediately called for emergency services and provided “invaluable assistance” to police and first responders.

“The heroic actions of Cst. Gonpo speaks volumes to one of the many ways police officers put their lives on the line every day without hesitation to ensure public safety,” Essex said in the release.

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