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Car hauled out of river

The Grand Am was submerged in about 10 feet of water at the Dargan boat launch along the C&O Canal

The Grand Am was submerged in about 10 feet of water at the Dargan boat launch along the C&O Canal

June 12, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

DARGAN - As 16-year-old Chad Ault cruised back to land on his personal watercraft Tuesday afternoon, his uncle, Glenn Ault, warned him to watch out for a big rock in the water.

But it wasn't a rock. It was a submerged car.

"We were right on top of it," said Chad, of Brunswick, Md.

The car was under about 10 feet of water at the Dargan Bend boat launch along the C&O Canal and Potomac River in southern Washington County.

Chad's friend, Tommy Harder of West Virginia, ducked under the water to see if anyone was in the car. Glenn Ault called 911 for help.

Maryland Natural Resources Police and C&O Canal Park Rangers responded, along with firefighters from Potomac Valley and Brunswick and a Washington County rehab unit that provided food.

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The Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. dive team went out, but didn't need to go in the water once police and firefighters realized that the car was empty.

The car - a Pontiac Grand Am - was reported stolen from Brunswick at least two weeks ago, C&O Canal Park Ranger Al Voner said.

The white car, which was turned brown by caked-on mud, was pulled out of the water.

Chad recognized it, particularly by the distinctive rims. He said that he read about the theft in a newspaper and that the car belongs to someone who also lives in Brunswick.

No one was available at the Brunswick Police Department Tuesday evening to answer questions about the car theft.

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