Canada: Elderly couple rescued from backyard swimming pool after crashing vehicle

Authorities in British Columbia were called to rescue two people from a vehicle that crashed into a swimming pool.

Surrey police said the elderly couple were rescued by the police officer after the car they were in wound up crashing through a residential fence on Wednesday and into the backyard pool.

In a statement on Thursday, police said an officer was called to a home of a frantic homeowner who reported the couple were still inside the submerged vehicle.

The officer arrived within minutes, police said, and managed to open the door of the vehicle while it was still underwater and remove the pair.

Both were taken to hospital as a precaution, police said, but thankfully neither have any obvious injuries. Police did not disclose the ages of either.

Preliminary reports into the crash indicate the driver of the vehicle lost control, slammed through a fence and landed in the in-ground pool, police said.

Officers also said the owners of the property played an important role in helping police.

“We’re also incredibly thankful for the citizens who immediately called for emergency services and provided invaluable assistance to police and first responders,” said D Watch Front-line Cmdr. Sgt. Brad Essex.

The vehicle was later extracted from the pool.