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San Diego Police Officer Rescues 2-Year-Old Twins After Dad Drives Off Cliff



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A San Diego police officer has rescued 2-year-old twins after their father allegedly drove off a bridge.

Fox News reported that one of the girls suffered minor injuries while the other was hospitalized in critical condition. Police said that both are expected to make a full recovery. Their father, on the other hand, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Times of San Diego reported that a woman called the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at 4:30 a.m. She reported that the father took the children and was allegedly threatening to drive off the Coronado Bay Bridge, said Officer Tony Martinez of the SDPD.

Martinez said that police officers later saw the vehicle and family on Hill Street near Cornish Drive. The vehicle allegedly raced away and went over the cliff.

The Rescue

San Diego Police Department K9 Officer Jonathan Wiese, who was the first to arrive at the side of the cliff, said he saw the truck had landed upside-down on a rock in the water.

“I have a two-year-old daughter at home so I imagined, what if that was my wife and kid down there? You're not going to stand there on the cliff and watch it happen,” Wiese said.

According to 10 News, “Wiese said his heart was pounding as he thought of a way to get down the cliff-side. Then he remembered he had a 100 ft leash for SWAT missions.”

Wiese grabbed it and took off his gun belt and looped it around him, “and by then four or five other cops had shown up so I pretty much threw the end of the leash to them and then I said hang on and I just jumped off.”

“He had both girls,” Wiese said to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “He was holding them and trying to tread water, but they were all going under. One was awake and crying the other one was pretty lifeless.”

“I didn’t do the job to be liked every day, I didn’t do it to become rich. I did it because I want to be out there making a difference and helping people, as cliché as that might sound, but I was just glad I could be there,” Wiese said. “You just do what you have to do, but after everyone was safe, it hits you and you just want to go home and hug your kids, that’s for sure.”

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