Investigation launched in handling of water rescue 911 call

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    Crews with the Little Rock Fire Department worked a water rescue off Cooper Orbit in west Little Rock. (Photo: Chris Ross/THV 11 News)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Police Department has launched an investigation into the handling of the water rescue where a mother was killed and a child injured.

    In a press release from Police Chief Stuart Thomas, it states that there was a delay in dispatching fire and police to the call.

    Monday, the Little Rock Communications Center got a transferred 911 cell phone call from Pulaski County 911 at 7:57 a.m. about two people trapped in their car in a pond off Cooper Orbit Road. The Little Rock 911 operator notified by MEMS at 8:01 a.m.

    "I feel the water is in the car right now" said the victim, Jinglei Yi, to a 911 operator, Yi, calling from her cell phone while she and her son sat in her SUV which was submerged in seven feet of water.

    At 8:17 a.m., MEMS called the Little Rock 911 to make sure that the Little Rock Fire Department was on its way to the scene.

    "It was at that time that they learned that there was not an actual call in the system for fire and police," said Sgt. Cassandra Davis with the Little Rock Police Department. 

    The press release states that "for reasons undetermined at this time, the Little Rock Fire Department and the Little Rock Police Department had not been dispatched."

    At 8:23 a.m., the call was made to the LRFD who sent a water rescue unit. The Little Rock Police Department was dispatched at 8:27 a.m. That means it was 26 minutes before the LRFD was sent to the accident scene and 30 minutes before the LRPD was sent.

    Once it was determined there was a delay, an investigation was started. Right now, the 911 operator is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.

    Monday morning 39-year-old Jinglei Yi was driving her car with her son inside when she slid on some black ice and landed in the lake near the Capital Hill Apartments. Yi was pronounced dead later that afternoon and her 5-year-old son is still in critical care.

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