Several area police officers rescued two people late last night from a car submerged in Lake Noquochoke in Dartmouth.

According to a release from the Dartmouth Police Department, when officers arrived at the scene just before 11 pm, they spotted the vehicle, a 2016 Ford Focus, in six to seven feet of water. They removed their duty gear and swam approximately 100 feet out to the vehicle, and helped the two occupants out of car and back to shore with assistance from other emergency personnel.

The two occupants and one of the officers were transported to St. Luke's Hospital and treated for exposure and minor injuries. All were later released.

The crash is still under investigation, but according to Public Information Officer Kyle Costa, it appeared that alcohol and speed, as well as a lack of knowledge about the area contributed to the crash. It's expected the operator of the vehicle, a 21-year old Attleboro man, will be cited for the crash.

The department identified the officers involved as Justin Amaral and Joseph Hilchey of Dartmouth and Westport officer Jeremy Dellecese.

According to Dartmouth Deputy Police Chief Tony Vincent, “Had it not been for the selfless acts of these officers, this unfortunate incident could have turned out much worse. Not only do I applaud their heroic efforts, but also those of our dispatchers and the other first responders associated with this crash and subsequent rescue.”

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