South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services’ Marine Rescue Unit was deployed to a submerged vehicle at 10:45 p.m., September 10, near Loyalist Park along Lakeshore Drive.
First on scene was Fire Chief Chris McDonough, who deployed the marine unit immediately, as he was unsure if there was anyone inside the car. It turned out there was not.
Also on scene was Bill’s Towing.
The six firefighters in the rescue boat, and six firefighters on shore were able to attach a rescue line to the vehicle and tether it to the tow truck at the scene to keep the car in place until a heavier tow truck arrived from Cornwall Towing to actually lift the vehicle out of the water.
“The strong winds and heavy current made maneuvering very difficult,” said McDonough. “They did a great job securing the car.”
SDFES remained on scene until 3 a.m. helping with the recovery effort.
The car recovered was a 2005 Cadillac sedan, dark blue in colour.
According to police, the Cadillac was travelling along Lakeshore Drive when it went out of control and collided with the guardrail just east of Loyalist Park, and a private dock.
When police arrived, the driver of the vehicle was not at the scene.
September 11, a 21 year old South Dundas man was identified as the driver of the car.
Police are reporting that the driver is safe and was not injured in the collision. September 16, the investigation was still ongoing.
Police have not yet laid any charges. According to OPP media relations officer, the name of the man involved will not be released unless charges are laid.