SALT LAKE CITY, UT - A vehicle with five occupants lost control and ended up in the water upside down on Saturday night after the mother lost control while driving on West Indian Ave.
The driver and two of the children were able to escape the sinking vehicle, but the younger two children, age 15 and 2, were trapped inside.
Officers and firefighters quickly responded with several officers stripping their gear off and jumping in the water.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said in a press release, “With no thought to personal safety, officers immediately stripped their gear and attempted a daring rescue of these two children. It was dark, the water was cold, but these officers did not hesitate to come to the aid and work to save lives. I am proud of them.”
Salt Lake City Fire Department arrived and several firefighters joined the rescue efforts. One firefighter was able to use his SCBA gear to enter the water and removed the 2 year old child. Eventually firefighters fought through the murky water and were able to free the 15 year old child.
Both children were transported to the hospital. Sadly, the 15 year old child died at the hospital. The 2 year old remains on life support.
“The rescue of these two children illustrates the dedication of Salt Lake City’s public safety employees. The immediate action of both SLCPD and SLCFD brought both children out of the water and to awaiting medical care,” said Chief Karl Lieb of the Salt Lake City Fire Department. “Anything less would not have given these kids even a chance of survival. This is what we do. And I am exceedingly proud of our team’s commitment to preserving life – even at great risk to our own.”
Thank you for your service Salt Lake City Fire Department and Salt Lake City Police Department. You are all true heroes.
Police officers, firefighters save children from submerged vehicle. Body-worn camera footage captures parts of the daring rescue of two children from a sinking car.— SLC Police Dept. (@slcpd) August 10, 2020
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11pm Murky Water and Children Trapped. Valiant efforts by Salt Lake City Police And Fire Personnel. Raw footage of the efforts; watch our firefighter put on a firefighting air pack (SCBA) and go under the water to find a child. #teamwork #wedoanythingforyou #valiant #heros @slcpd https://t.co/kSD0Y30lDo— Salt Lake City Fire Department (@slcfire) August 10, 2020