DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Two people had to be rescued after their vehicle crashed into a lake in Dartmouth late Friday night.
Officers responding to State Road around 10:30 p.m. found two people trapped in their vehicle which was submerged in six to seven feet of water in Lake Noquochoke.
Officers immediately went into the water to rescue the victims that were about 100 feet from the road.
The victims and officers were transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford to be treated for minor injuries and were later released.
“Had it not been for the selfless acts of these officers, this unfortunate incident could have turned out much worse,” Dartmouth Deputy Chief of Police Tony Vincent said. “Not only do I applaud their heroic efforts, but also those of our dispatchers and the other first responders associated with this crash and subsequent rescue.”
While the cause of the crash is still under investigation, police say it appears alcohol, speed, and a lack of knowledge of the area all contributed to the crash.
A 21-year-old North Attleboro, who was driving the car, will receive citations associated with the crash, police said.