AFD divers respond to truck completely submerged under water
AFD divers hooking chains to truck to tow it out of the water
AFD dive team
Truck is completely submerged under water
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
A Leesburg man was trying to unload a boat he wanted to buy when his truck ended up in the water.
Divers with the Albany Fire Department wasted no time, and went in quickly to retrieve this Ford F-350 truck that got completely submerged under water.
"We kind of just train for everything,” said Christy Bengis, AFD Diver.
The driver, Mike Muse, was going to test drive this boat when his truck slipped away from him.
"The occupant of the vehicle set his parking break and left his truck in neutral, and when he exited the vehicle the parking break failed to hold the truck and it rolled backwards into the water,” said Capt. Ken Turner with the Albany Fire Department.
The truck slipped into the water about 25 yards from the ramp. People near the dock pulled out their phones and boaters watched as divers went into the water and hooked up the truck to the wrecker.
"We had to take the hooks from the tow truck, hook it up to the truck and went in about 20 or so feet into the water,” said Bengis.
Divers say the water's temperature was quite chilly.
"The water was cold, I figured it be a little cold, but you don't really realize it until it hits you,” said Josh Howe, AFD Diver.
About an hour later the truck was pulled out of the water.
"It went great, it went very well,” said Howe. “We planned it out and had a little strategy before we went in and everything worked perfect, everything was like we planned."
The driver told us he was standing between the truck and dock when it went under.
He says he knows the truck could've hit him, and he's glad he's not injured.