Two saved after car drives into river at Wanakena Beach
Divers stand on the submerged vehicle at left after the rescue as residents watch from the dock at Wanakena beach. Photo submitted by Allen Ditch.WANAKENA -- A car accidentally drove into the Oswgatchie River at the Wanakena Beach on Saturday and the two occupants were taken to Clifton-Fine Hospital.
According to witness Allen Ditch, the car entered the river at a point where it was deep enough to immediately float the car into deeper water.
“A Wanakena resident on a dock directly across from the accident reacted quickly swimming out to the car and worked with the occupants to open a window/door,” Ditch said in an email.
“One occupant reportedly escaped before the car quickly sank, front end first. The second occupant went down with the car, but luckily escaped through a rear window, popping to the surface and helped to the Wanakena shore,” he said.
Star Lake Fire and Rescue quickly arrived and the occupants were taken to Clifton-Fine Hospital.
The hospital could supply no information on their condition.