OTTAWA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - An elderly couple trapped in their vehicle underwater lucky to be alive after a brave lake rescue in Owatta County.
It happened just before noon on Thursday at the Fenwick Marina on SR 2, Oak Harbor.
A woman called and said she and her husband were trapped in their vehicle underwater in Lake Erie.
Upon arrival, Deputy James Hanney observed the vehicle fully submerged beneath the water with what appeared to be a rear corner still partially out of the water away from land, and entered the water to rescue the victims along with Carroll Twp. Chief of Police Jody Hatfield.
Both victims, an elderly man and woman, were rescued from the fully submerged vehicle by the officers without further incident and turned over to emergency medical services for treatment.
According to Ottawa County Sheriff Robert L. Bratton, "The quick response by these officers to enter the water without regard for their own safety to locate the vehicle and rescue this couple clearly saved lives today. They are an outstanding example of our county law enforcement professionals."
The cause of the incident remains under investigation.
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