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Team Pulls Truck Out of River

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After more than three months under water, authorities were finally able to retrieve a stolen pick up truck from the Missouri river.

It was the second full day of the recovery effort. The Burleigh County Dive-Rescue team tried twice unsuccessfully on April 17th to pull the truck out.

Conditions were just as difficult, if not more than the previous attempt. It took two attempts today.

"The river is a little bit higher and it's out in the main channel so the current was a big battle. It's hard to be able to make our way to the bottom of the river and hang on to safety lines so we don't get washed away. And working underwater we are hanging on with all that we have to a safety line pretty much working with one hand," says Matt Wingenbach of the Burleigh County Dive-Rescue Team.

Initially tow truck operators wanted two cables attached to the truck, but once the first cable was firmly attached, everything went according to plan and a crane was brought in to do the rest.

"Once they realized the truck wasn't;t buried when I went over to check he said it's coming we're just going to keep pulling," says Kelley Leben of the Burleigh County Dive-Rescue Team.

The truck is now in custody of the Bismarck Police Department. It's still unknown who stole the truck.


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