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Two Whittier police officers will be honored by their department after they dove to the bottom of a swimming pool to rescue a man trapped in a motorized scooter that accidentally fell into the water, a police lieutenant said Saturday.

The man in his late 60s was hospitalized in critical condition, according to the lieutenant. The victim was with a female companion at about 12:10 p.m. Friday when he fell into the pool in the 7700 block of Vale Drive, according to Whittier Police Department Lt. Bryan Ellis.

The first arriving officer dove in and tried to pull him out of the chair, but the man was strapped in, Ellis said.

A second officer, who had a knife, also jumped into the pool, but the two could not initially figure out how to free the victim from the motorized scooter, according to the lieutenant.

After surfacing and diving down to the man several times, they cut his restraints and, with the help of a third officer and a Los Angeles County firefighter, pulled him out and started CPR, Ellis said.

The man was taken to a hospital’s critical care unit, he said. There was no further information about his condition.

The officers involved in the rescue effort will be “recognized internally” within the department, Ellis said.

—City News Service

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