Two people rescued from canal in Mendota

The driver of a car that went into a canal near the Mendota Pool Park is recovering in the hospital after two Mendota City Public Works employees were able to pull the passenger out and alert authorities, the Mendota Police Department said.

The employees were on assignment at the park when they witnessed the car drive into the canal along Bass Avenue on Aug. 30. They swam to the vehicle and were able to open the passenger door of the car, which was upside down. They were able to get the passenger to shore, and when an officer and towing company arrived, they were able to roll the vehicle on its side.

The officer then broke a window with a rock and was able to unbuckle the driver, who was unconscious, and begin CPR. When paramedics arrived, the driver regained a pulse and was transported to Mendota Airport and airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center.

The passenger was transported to Community Regional Medical Center for non life-threatening injuries.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPan