RESCUE EFFORT UNDER THE SAMOA BRIDGE; SUBMERGED TRUCK IN HUMBOLDT BAY
Humboldt Bay Fire responded to reports of a submerged vehicle at the boat ramp about 50-feet from shore early Thursday morning.
Initial reports said the vehicle was occupied when it entered the water. Rescue swimmers were sent in as police and fire officials worked over an hour to gain access into the truck.
Two tow-trucks were called in to allow rescuers to get inside. As it turns out, the male driver had abandoned the truck and swam all the way to the Adorni Center. Eureka police contacted him there.
Officers say he was uncooperative at the time, and couldn't confirm if anyone else was in the vehicle. Although, the man later verified that there was nobody else inside.
He was transported to a local mental facility for evaluation.