AURORA, Colo. — Police were investigating how a car got submerged in a retention pond near the intersection of I-225 and East 6th Avenue on Wednesday night.
Aurora Police Officers responded to the scene around 7:30 p.m. and found a female passenger who was unresponsive in the submerged vehicle.
When an Aurora Police officer rushed into the cold water to save her, he battled time and rising water.
“She was shaking. The water was roughly at her chest level and it was rising up to her chin,” said veteran officer Marc Sears.
Through falling rain, Sears and Officer Johnathan Kessler raced to the car to help.
Deployed airbags flagged the officer the victim needed rescue quickly.
“She was out of it. I was trying to make conversation with her but she was shivering and shaking. I think it was really scared,” Sears said.
Wading through high waters in the retention pond, Sears pulled the woman to safety.
“Once we got the seatbelt off I was able to get my arms under and drag her up to the shoreline.”
The woman declined to be interviewed but police say she is doing okay and recovering in a local hospital. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to Aurora authorities.
The cause of this accident was under investigation.
Aurora officials reported that the car would not be removed from the pond, until the water level goes down.