EFD removes 2 cars from Ohio River

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Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 4:11 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2022 at 10:48 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Fire Department Dive Team removed two cars from the Ohio River Tuesday.

They had help from Tri-State Towing & Recovery and a crane from Audubon Sand & Gravel/Meuth Concrete.

Officials say back in March, a teenage girl was intoxicated at the Marina Point and drove her car into the water.

The other car was in the Pigeon Creek area. Officials say a couple was trying to leave from the parking lot near Ohio street when the driver accidently put the car in drive instead of reverse. The woman was able to get out of the car immediately, however crews had to rescue the man from the water.

Fire officials say spring time weather and river conditions have delayed the removals, but water conditions are now safe.

“Weather conditions, the level of the river and the speed weren’t making it safe for our divers to go in and hook onto the cars to be able to retrieve it,” EFD chief Mike Larson says. “Obviously, the safety of our divers is paramount. The vehicles were destroyed, and they’re not going anywhere so there was no need for us to take risks putting divers into the water, to hook up to.”

The recovery of both cars took more than two hours.

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