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Investigations continue into car crash at Totteridge lake outside former Arsenal vice-chairman's home
Investigations are continuing into how a car plunged into a freezing lake in the middle of rush hour this morning.
Two police officers dived in to rescue the driver, a mother, who was knocked unconscious when her Nissan Micra entered the icy water.
The 32-year-old reversed into the Totteridge Lane fishing lake off a jetty outside the home of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein at about 8am.
The first emergency personnel on the scene were two young male constables who dived into the water and smashed the driver’s window to pull the woman to safety.
The pair received further praise this afternoon for “risking their lives” to save the woman.
It is thought the driver, who police said lives in Barnet, was in the water for up to quarter of an hour and would have been “minutes away” from succumbing to the icy water.
Speaking at the scene this afternoon, duty Inspector for Barnet David Sanders praised the actions of the “brave” officers.
He said: “I’m very proud of them. They are two young, fit officers who risked their own lives to go in and save her. They have guidelines to go by but they assessed the situation themselves and dived in.”
The woman was treated by paramedics at the scene for suspected hypothermia and back pain before being rushed to Barnet Hospital, where she is recovering this afternoon.
The two officers were also checked over for signs of hypothermia before being given the afternoon off.
Totteridge Lane was closed between 8am and 9.30am while emergency services dealt with the incident and the road was closed again while the car was pulled from the lake this afternoon.
Police have been reluctant to divulge too much information surrounding the circumstances of the incident but Inspector Sanders said he could not say if the woman was known to police.
He was also unable to confirm at this stage whether the car had been deliberately driven into the lake, or whether it was an accident.
Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein and his wife reportedly knew nothing about the incident until police informed them some time after.
The fishing lake is used by members of the Millridge Angling Club and club secretary John Ward attended the scene this afternoon.
He said: “It’s not the first car I’ve seen end up in the lake – there was a Range Rover that came off the road a few years back but this is the most serious.
“The police were very brave and the main thing is that the woman is alright.
“We were worried about any possible pollution to the water, which was obviously secondary to the health of the woman, but it seems the petrol and oil did not leak out.”