Submerged vehicle fished out of Alkaline Lake

(Ace Towing)
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 4:28 PM CDT
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KIDDER COUNTY, N.D. (KFYR) - Nobody was hurt in a crash that resulted in the North Dakota Highway Patrol pulling a submerged vehicle out of Alkaline Lake Tuesday.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday, 45-year-old Shannon Lang of Tappen was traveling on 40th Ave SE in Kidder County, which passes near Alkaline Lake. Lang failed to negotiate a curve and her vehicle entered the south portion of the lake. Lang was able to escape from the vehicle and law enforcement was contacted.

Ace Towing of Bismarck received a call at 10:38 a.m. Monday, arriving within an hour. After assessing the situation in consultation with Highway Patrol, they determined they’d need a scuba diver to locate the vehicle.

Authorities returned to fish the vehicle out of the water at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The process took about two hours.

”The diver went out there, took the rope, and he hooked it up, and we were able to pull it in using the rotator. And then, we took a couple chains, so we set it down nice and easy with no damage,” said Matthew Bryant, a hand for Ace Towing.

The senior towtruck operator on site said this is a fairly common procedure. In his 22 years working for Ace Towing, he’s had to haul vehicles out of bodies of water at least a hundred times.

Lang refused medical attention at the scene, according to State Trooper Mike Hayen. She was arrested and charged with DUI.

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