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Crews pull stolen vehicle from water

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 11/13/2013 5:21 pm Published: 11/13/2013 5:11 pm

State troopers worked all day Wednesday to pull vehicles out of water.

For hours they found and tried to recover trucks and cars out of the McClellan Kerr Navigation Channel.

Crews lifted a red Chevy out the water; it took them about two hours to get there. The license tags show it was stolen in 2006.

“It’s a mess under there, it’s a lot of debris, a lot of fishing line and junk underneath the water that makes it dangerous both for the divers and for everybody in the mission trying to hook the vehicle and get it up,” said Capt. George Brown with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Divers braved underwater temperatures in the low 50’s.

“What we’ve resorted to now is the divers are using airbags, high tech airbags to place underneath the wreckage shoot air into the bags so we can get a hook line on it and hopefully pull it out,” said Brown.

FOX23 got to take a ride with the marine enforcement division.

And he says the isolation here makes a good place for criminal activity. After all, that’s how this truck got here.

“We’ve been in contact with broken arrow police, they do have a case on file for this, the pickup truck now belongs to an insurance company,” said Brown.

FOX23 found out the truck was reported stolen September 4th, 2006.

“Many of these vehicles were probably intentionally placed there, we’ll know more as we bring them out,” said Brown.

It was as slow process on Wednesday. They were only able to bring out one vehicle.

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karlschneider - 11/13/2013 7:18 PM
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Can't this salvage operation wait for spring? These hulks have been sunk for 7 years, what the hell is the big emergency NOW???
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