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Police officers jump into water to save Surrey crash victim

Last Updated Jan 8, 2020 at 3:57 am PDT

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Two Surrey officers are being credited with saving a man's life after a crash sent his vehicle into a water-filled ditch

Officers spotted the vehicle, which was submerged, in the ditch off Highway 10 after 9:00 p.m. Tuesday

Mounties say the driver has been taken to the hospital with serious injuries

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A man driving through Surrey’s Cloverdale area can thank two police officers for saving his life on Tuesday.

The RCMP says there was a two-vehicle crash along Highway 10 near 168th Street around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night that sent one of the cars off the road.

“And into a ditch that was full of water due to the intense rain that we’ve been receiving over the last few days,” Sgt. David Park told NEWS 1130. “That vehicle became fully submerged.”

It just so happened that two officers were driving by and spotted the vehicle in the ditch.

The two Integrated Road Safety Unit members immediately got out of their cruiser and jumped in.

“[They] were able to pull that individual out of that vehicle and then proceeded to perform CPR until the ambulance arrived,” Park added.

The man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Park said the officers were driving along Highway 10 by chance to get through Cloverdale when they came upon the crash — moments after it happened.

“What they did … was incredibly heroic,” Park said. “They had absolutely no thoughts about themselves. All they knew was that there was a member of the public in danger, so they took immediate action to do what they could to save that person’s life.”

It’s unclear what caused the crash. Both vehicles had lone occupants, the RCMP said.