Surrey RCMP officer jumps into swimming pool to save two elderly people in vehicle

SURREY RCMP responded on Thursday afternoon to a collision in the 16500-block of Glenwood Crescent South in which the driver apparently lost control of his vehicle, causing it to go off the road and crash through a fence, landing in a swimming pool.

The vehicle quickly sank in the swimming pool with two elderly occupants inside.

The homeowners jumped into action by immediately calling 911. The first frontline RCMP officer, Constable Gonpo, arrived within a couple of minutes and immediately jumped in the pool to help the two occupants. Gonpo managed to open the door of the vehicle and remove both occupants of the vehicle out of the swimming pool.

The elderly couple were taken to a local hospital as a precaution, but fortunately had no obvious injuries. The owners of the property also played an important role in assisting police. The vehicle was later extracted from the swimming pool.

“The heroic actions of Constable 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,” said Sgt. Brad Essex, D Watch Frontline Commander. “We’re also incredibly thankful for the citizens who immediately called for emergency services and provided invaluable assistance to police and first responders.”

If you were in the area and have any information, you are requested to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.