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Man Rescued From Truck Just Before It Sinks Below Icy Surface

Man Rescued From Truck Just Before It Sinks Below Icy Surface

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after his car crashed through an icy lake in Lexington Harbour, Michigan, in the US last weekend.

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Passers-by called 911 and explained that a car had broken through the ice with someone stuck inside on Saturday afternoon. Luckily they managed to convince the 62-year-old man, from Kimball, Michigan, to get out of his vehicle and get to safety.

Incredible footage of the ice fisherman's car being towed out of Lexington State Harbour the following afternoon has since been shared online.

In another video, also shared online by witnesses, you can see the partially submerged truck in the water.

But the man doesn't let it go without a fight - incredibly, he heads back over to his vehicle and tries to get back in while it is sinking into the freezing cold water.

Emergency crews managed to pull the truck out of the freezing cold water the next day. Credit: ABC News
Emergency crews managed to pull the truck out of the freezing cold water the next day. Credit: ABC News
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Fortunately for the man, onlookers can then be heard shouting at the man, telling him to stay back and get away from the car - which he eventually does.

After the truck became submerged in 12 feet of icy water, a joint effort was required to retrieve it, involving St. Clair County Sheriff Dive Team, Sanilac County Sheriff Dive Team and the Lexington Fire Department.

The team had to cut a series of large triangular holes into the ice, allowing divers to swim down into the water and hook up the 2016 Dodge Ram, which was then towed under the ice and taken up a launch ramp until the water was too shallow to tow it.

The truck was submerged in 12 feet of icy water at the Lexington Harbour. Credit: ABC
The truck was submerged in 12 feet of icy water at the Lexington Harbour. Credit: ABC

A huge hole was then cut into the ice and the car was brought up the ramp.

According to Lexington Police, the driver was checked over by medical staff before being arrested.

Lexington's Police Chief Larry Sheldon says the department is still unclear as to why the man went back to the truck as it was falling into the water.

Police are understood to be waiting for a toxicology report, while the man remains at the Sanilac County Jail but is still yet to be formally charged.

The local police force is now warning anyone in the area heading out to Lexington Harbour to be extremely careful over the next few days while the ice forms again.

Luckily it doesn't seem as though anyone was seriously injured during the crash.

Featured Image Credit: ABC News

Topics: News, Weather, Interesting, US News

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

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