Two good Samaritans in Lousiana were in the right place at the right time when they stopped Dec. 7 and took immediate action to save a family from drowning.
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The Louisiana State Police commended Jeff Lapeyrouse and Chase Dupre for saving the lives of the two adults and two children inside the sinking 2007 Toyota Corolla.
“The four occupants of the vehicle, two of which were small children, were pulled to safety by a man who witnessed the crash,” the initial press release read.
Authorities later learned that Dupre also helped in the rescue and commended him as well.
The potentially deadly situation unfolded when the vehicle was on a local highway and went off the road and into a canal. It didn’t take long for the vehicle to become submerged and for the four occupants to become trapped inside.
“Due to the thick mud and marsh, the occupants of the Toyota were unable to open the doors and exit the vehicle,” the release read. “Jeff Lapeyrouse of Bourg witnessed the crash, quickly pulled over, and rushed to help.”
Lapeyrouse and Dupre were able to open doors and free the family, with occupants sustaining only minor injuries, according to the Louisiana State Police.
Authorities expressed gratitude to the men for the life-saving gestures.
“Louisiana State Police Troop C is thankful for both of these men who selflessly entered a dangerous situation to help save the lives of many,” the statement concluded.
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