OKC Dive Team Pulls Submerged Vehicle Out From Lake Hefner, Saves Nearby Boater

Monday, September 14th 2020, 12:50 pm
By: News 9

Emergency crews had a busy call Monday afternoon at Lake Hefner.

First, a stolen vehicle was found in the lake by city sanitation crews.

The vehicle's owner, Isabella Cassady, said the white sport utility vehicle was stolen from a 7-Eleven over the weekend in Oklahoma City.

“I went in there to simply get some chips and two Big Gulps, and I came back out and it was gone,” Cassady said.

Oklahoma City police, the Oklahoma City Fire Department and a wrecker were on scene to take the vehicle out of the lake.

“It was completely submerged with just the top of it showing,” Oklahoma City fire Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson said.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department dive team made sure no one was inside the car.

With several helper on the scene, an audience quickly formed both on land and on the water.

One man, watching from a small boat, started having problems of his own.

“He had basically reached back to the back of his boat to do something and when he did the back of his boat being a jon boat, low to the water, it just it tipped under the water,” Fulkerson said.

The dive team stepped in; being in the right place at the right time.

“Our dive team was already here because of the first call, so we were able to send one diver out to check on the individual while we deployed one of our Kodiak boats,” Fulkerson said.

The man was quickly rescued by firefighters and the police department pulled his boat out.

No one was injured.

“I’m sure he’s going to go somewhere and dry out and be happy it turned out the way it did,” Fulkerson said.

While crews were glad everyone’s safe, Cassady said she must now figure out what to do about her car.

“Finding it in the lake like this, that’s insane,” Cassady said.