Orlando police, bystander rescue family from overturned vehicle in retention pond

Victims taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries

ORLANDO, Fla. – Officers and a bystander rescued a family from an overturned vehicle in a retention pond Thursday night, according to the Orlando Police Department.

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Police said officers responded to an overturned vehicle in water in the area of Lee Vista Boulevard and Vista East Parkway around 7:25 p.m. Thursday.

Officers said a witness saw the vehicle go off the roadway and over an embankment.

Authorities said when officers arrived, they entered the water with the witness and were able to assist a mother and her oldest child to safety.

Investigators said crews also rescued the father who was trapped and a smaller child in a car seat.

Everyone in the car is being treated at local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Police said the actions of the bystander, who was the first person to help and rescued one of the kids, were heroic.