Surrey RCMP rescue driver from vehicle fully submerged in water

Jan 8 2020, 9:55 am

On Tuesday evening, two police officers rescued a person from a vehicle that had become fully submerged in a ditch.

According to an emailed statement from the Surrey RCMP, the incident took place around at 168 Street and Highway 10, at approximately 9:20 pm.

Constable Richard Wright, Media Relations Officer for the Surrey RCMP, says that the accident was the result of the two-vehicle collision which sent one vehicle into a water-filled ditch.

The vehicle then became submerged in water with the driver still in it.

Fortunately, police say that two Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) officers were in the area. They reportedly witnessed the collision and entered the water to rescue the driver from the vehicle and provide first aid.

Both drivers involved in the accident were later taken to the hospital.

A 27-year-old male driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle submerged in water, remains in the hospital in critical condition. The driver of the second vehicle, a 21-year-old male, has been released.

The Surrey RCMP say that the 21-year-old male was arrested but has been released pending further investigation. The Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) has taken conduct over the investigation and is looking for anyone that witnessed the collision or that may have dashcam footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.