The woman, who was pulled from her car after falling unconscious at the wheel and driving into a lake in Barnet yesterday, is said to be conscious and stable in hospital.
She was treated for hypothermia and minor cuts, after plunging into the water yesterday morning.
And the police officers who came to her rescue are both back on the beat.
PC Marc Cash said:
“When we arrived at the scene we could tell straight away that we did not have much time, the car was beginning to sink and the driver was un-responsive to our shouts.“When we jumped into the lake, the cold water just took your breath away and I felt it hard to make my next breath. We tried to stand, but we started to sink into the mud at the bottom of the lake and eventually the water came up to our chin, so we had to swim throughout the entire rescue”.
PC Ryan Perry said:
“Prior to jumping into the lake we looked around for any rescue equipment but there was none. We realised this was a serious situation and that we had to act fast, so we took off our heavy equipment and went into the lake.After several attempts to break the window it final gave way and we were able to pull the woman from the car. We’re both glad that this ended without anyone being too seriously hurt.”
Two police officers from Barnet have saved a woman's life after her car plunged into a freezing lake in north London.
A 999 call was made just after 8am this morning by a member of the public who saw the car driving into a lake on Totteridge Lane with the female driver apparently unconscious
The two police officers dived into the water and smashed a window of the car, dragging the woman to safety.
She has been taken to a north London hospital for treatment but she has no serious injuries.
Barnet Borough Commander Adrian Usher said:
"I am incredibly proud of these officers and wouldlike to pay tribute to the speed and courage with which they acted to protectthe life of this driver.
"In the bitterly cold conditions we have today, there is little doubt that a sustained period in the water would have posed a serious threat to the woman's life.
"This incident demonstrates the lengths that officers in Barnet, London and across the country are willing to go to in order to protect members of the communities they serve, and they are deserving of our utmost gratitude."