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Published: Thursday, 7/21/2011 - Updated: 4 years ago

Couple rescued from sinking car


OAK HARBOR — A husband and wife who were trapped in their submerged sport utility vehicle Thursday at Fenwick Marina on State Rt. 2 were rescued by an Ottawa County sheriff’s deputy and the Carroll Township police chief.

The couple were not injured. Authorities have not released their names.

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Deputies said the sheriff’s dispatch center received a cell phone call at 11:48 am. from a woman who said that she and her husband were trapped in their vehicle, which had gone into the water at Fenwick Marina.

“We’re sinking, we’re sinking,” she said.

The woman told the dispatcher the location of the dock and identified landmarks — the color of two vehicles on land nearby. Deputy James Hanney arrived at noon and saw only a rear corner of the vehicle out of the water. He and Chief Jody Hatfield, of the Carroll Township police department, went in the water and were able to rescue the couple.

“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,” Sheriff Bob Bratton said in a statement.

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