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Heroes rescue couple from vehicle crashed into a swimming pool in Surrey, B.C.

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An accident that easily could have had a tragic ending was averted thanks to quick thinking bystanders. A older driver lost control and crashed into a yard and plunged into a water filled swimming pool. As Catherine Urquhart reports, the couple in the vehicle are alive because of the bravery of others – Dec 16, 2021

A Surrey RCMP officer and two civilians are being applauded after a daring backyard rescue that saved two older occupants of a vehicle that was partially submerged after a collision.

Police believe the driver of the vehicle lost control, went off the road, crashed through a fence and ended up in the swimming pool of a private residence on Wednesday afternoon.

The homeowners called 911 right away, the Mounties said Thursday.

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One of them, Gordon Tremblay, jumped into the pool try to and open the driver’s side door to no avail.

Neighbour Justin Blackwell helped pulled Tremblay out of the freezing pool and together, they tried to keep the vehicle from sliding into the deep end.

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“We busted out the back window and I kind of reached onto the back of the truck with all my might, and just held on and tried not to let the car sink too far down, because the guy — he was up to his neck,” Blackwell told Global News.

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Moments later, the RCMP arrived and Cst. Gonpo leapt into the pool. He rescued the driver and then went back in for the passenger.

“He is a true hero,” said Tremblay. “I can’t say enough for that guy, he was awesome.”

“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,” added Sgt. Brad Essex in a release.

“We’re also incredibly thankful for the citizens who immediately called for emergency services and provided invaluable assistance to police and first responders.”

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The vehicle has since been removed from the pool, but RCMP are still asking anyone with more information about the collision to come forward.

The incident took place around 12:12 p.m. in the 16500 block of Glenwood Crescent South.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with more information from the homeowners. 

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