Detectives from the Gang Crime Squad have pulled off a daring rescue in stormy conditions in order to affect an arrest in Melbourne’s south east overnight.
Investigators were in the Clyde North area as part of an ongoing investigation when they spotted two alleged offenders in a stolen vehicle about 7.20pm.
The car was monitored by police until it was immobilized Maeve Court about 8.15pm.
GCS detectives, with the assistance of the police Dog Squad, attempted to arrest the pair however both fled on foot into the Cascade on Clyde wetlands.
One of the men, an 18-year-old Dandenong North man, ran into a lake where he attempted to swim away.
Unable to swim, he called out to police for help before disappearing beneath the water on multiple occasions.
Detectives entered the lake and rescued the man.
About 20 minutes later, a police dog located the second teenager lying face up in shallow water in a semiconscious state.
The 17-year-old Glen Waverley male was recovered from the wetlands before being treated by paramedics.
Both men were taken to hospital where they were treated for hypothermia and other injuries.
GCS detectives have since charged the Dandenong North man with theft of motor vehicle and drug possession.
He is expected to face Frankston Magistrates’ Court today.
The Glen Waverley teen was charged by Cardinia Crime Investigation Unit detectives in relation to an aggravated burglary in Koo Wee Rup on 4 June.
He has been bailed to appear at a Children’s court at a later date.