Dive Team Rescues Man & Wife From Water-Filled Truck

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Dive Team Rescues Man & Wife From Water-Filled Truck

December 23, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM EDT

CELINA, Ohio (21Alive) -- Sunday morning Mercer County Sheriff's deputies were called to a stranded truck in high water on Tama Rd. between Stose Rd and US 127.

The driver of the vehicle, Dennis Bollenbacher, 57, told the operator that water had filled the compartment of the white GMC truck up to the steering wheel.

When deputies arrived, they found Bollenbacher still in the truck and his wife, Ann, 58, on door frame of the broken out window, ready to move to the roof until help arrived. The Celina Fire Dept. dive team was able to reach the vehicle and bring both occupants to safety on a rescue boat.

Bollenbacher told deputies that he would not leave until his truck was towed. Deputies told him a wrecker would not be called at this time and he would be arrested if he returned to retrieve the vehicle before the water receded.

“There was no reason to risk a tow operator in the water, it was bad enough that Firemen had to be put at risk,” stated Sheriff Grey, “We continually warn people not to drive through high water on the roadways, it is very frustrating. Thankfully, no one was injured.”

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