Driver of submerged car safe after morning water rescue

A teen driver is safe after driving into the Wabash River Thursday morning.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 12:00 PM
Updated: Mar. 1, 2018 1:12 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A teen driver is safe after driving into the Wabash River Thursday morning.

According to a press release from the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office, around 9:44 a.m. a witness reported a car going off the road and into the Wabash River.  From the investigation, the driver, a juvenile male, fell asleep while he was driving on North River Road and drifted into the water. He was able to climb out the driver's side window and waited for help on top of the car.

The Tippecanoe County Water Response Team used a safety rope to get him to shore before the car was overcome by floodwaters. He wasn't injured and no other vehicles were involved. Police say the rescue took about four minutes.

Members of the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office, Tippecanoe County Water Response Team, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Wabash Township Volunteer Fire Department, Tippecanoe County Emergency Management, and Tippecanoe County Emergency Ambulance Services, all responded and assisted in the rescue efforts.

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