SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Chatham County Police say that two people are dead after they were pulled from a car that was fully submerged near Lake Mayer on Sunday.
Police say they received a call for a crash around 11 a.m. near Montgomery Cross Road and Truman Parkway.
Two people were pulled out of the lake by rescue crews and transported to the hospital. Police have identified the two as 38-year-old Crystal Eve Reynolds and her daughter, 16-year-old Ijenae Christiana Reynolds.
Monday crime scene tape was still up and a small memorial of stuffed animals, balloons and a cross is now placed at the pond. EMS says this type of rescue is rare.
“It took about 14 minutes or so to get them actually out after we got on scene just because of the technical nature of being in the water rescue,” said Chief James Vickers.
Chatham County Police say their car was fully submerged in this pond when they arrived on scene. Some confusion, however, had to be sorted out during the roughly four minutes it took to get on scene.
“There was a little bit of a misunderstanding for whatever reason that it was at Lake Mayer, which is directly across the street.”
How the car got into the pond is still under investigation. Chief James Vickers says it was a fast rescue for what was at hand.
“We ended up having to break multiple windows to get them out.”
Vickers says once out of the water, they immediately starting performing CPR and continued to do so on the way to the hospital. He says they have to be very trained on these types of rescues because they don’t get much experience doing them in a real run.
“Technical rescues happen very rarely, but you have to be very prepared for them.”
There are still unanswered questions regarding this, including who was driving and who was the passenger. These are details were are still working on getting and we will have them out to you as soon as we get them.