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ASSUMPTION PARISH, La. – Two men acted swiftly on Wednesday to rescue a family of four after their vehicle plunged into a Louisiana canal, authorities said.

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According to a news release from the Louisiana State Police, the family — which included two small children — was traveling in a 2007 Toyota Corolla in Assumption Parish when the vehicle drifted off the road and immediately became submerged in the water.

Jeff Lapeyrouse of Bourg, and Chase Dupre, of Chauvin, witnessed the incident and immediately pulled over to assist the family, WALB-TV reported.

The two men entered the water and were able to open one of the doors on the Toyota to free the family, police said.

In its statement, state police officials said they were “thankful for both of these men who selflessly entered a dangerous situation to help save the lives of many.”

Troopers reported minor injuries due to the crash.