Family of three survives plunge into pond

Colin MacLean
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A man stands beside the remains of an SUV that plunged into a pond near Stephenville on Saturday. The family of three that was inside the vehicle escaped without injury. RCMP Photo.


A family of three is lucky to be alive today after their SUV plunged into an icy pond on Saturday.

The family, a 51-year-old male, 29-year-old female and one-year-old infant, were all taken to hospital to be examined but there were no injuries reported.

The incident happened at about 10:20 a.m. on Saturday. A Ford Explorer with the family inside somehow left Route 490 by Stephenville Exit and crashed into the icy water of a pond.

An RCMP press release issued today credits the mans quick action with saving the family, saying that he got the woman and child out of the SUV before it started sinking.

Police also credit the public with helping in this case.

Workers with Bailey's Marine Services from Kippens happened by the accident just as the RCMP was also arriving. The workers, both commercial divers, had wetsuits and helped the RCMP in rescuing the family from the roof of their submerged vehicle. A local youth also happened to be in the area with a surfboard, which he offered up, and that was used to transport the family to the shore.

The family has asked, by way of the RCMP, to extend a special thank you to everyone involved in their rescue.

Organizations: RCMP, Ford Explorer, Bailey's Marine Services

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Recent comments

  • Happy for the family
    November 26, 2011 - 15:45

    I am sure this family must be overjoyed that there was someone close by that could help... what are the chances of someone with a wetsuit who could enter the water being so close... an angel watching over them and good samaritans for sure... God bless all involved!

  • Kay
    November 26, 2011 - 15:32 about people being in the right place at the right glad everyone made it out okay.