Updated with video: Car plunges into Cape Cod Canal; another MV in water in Wareham

– Bourne Police report that at approximately 10:25 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Cape Cod Canal in the area of Perry Avenue for a report of a vehicle that was in the water. Upon arrival, a male was observed to be on the rip rap at the edge of the Canal and a vehicle was observed to be fully submerged. Bourne Police and Bourne Fire personnel assisted with bringing the man to shore. He was determined to be the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle. The male Bourne resident was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of what appeared to be minor injuries. Rescue personnel were later able to recover the vehicle from the Canal waters.

Although the incident is still under investigation, officers were able to determine that the male intentionally drove his vehicle, a 2006 Ford Focus, up a pedestrian walkway that was formerly the base of the original Cape Cod Canal drawbridge. The walkway is located at the end of Perry Ave.The vehicle travelled through a fence at the end of the scenic overlook and came to a rest in the Canal. The driver will be criminal cited for operating to endanger, malicious destruction of property over $250 and speed greater than reasonable.

The Bourne Police Department would like to thank all those that assisted with the rescue of the vehicle operator and recovery of the vehicle including the Bourne Fire Department, Barnstable County Technical Rescue Dive Team, United States Army Corps, United States Coast Guard, Wareham Harbormaster, Bourne Department of Natural Resources, Massachusetts State Police, Department of Environmental Protection, Eversource Energy, Bobs Trucking, and Big Wheels.

CWN received these aerial shots from Carl Jacobs (click to enlarge):

Video on arrival:

Divers securing vehicle:

Vehicle salvaged:

Meanwhile,just down the road around 11:45 a.m., The Wareham Harbormaster reported thier Marine Unit 5, Onset Fire Rescue and Wareham Police Department were out with a second vehicle and trailer in the water by Maco’s Bait and Tackle off the Cranberry Highway. Upon arrival to the scene the vehicle was still floating and in an effort to cause any further environmental impact or having the Chevy Silverado float into the high current channel members of Onset Fire and the Harbormaster department were able to secure a line to the trailer and pull the truck back to shore. Once secured the tow company was able to finish the remainder of the salvage. Aside from the severity of the situation everyone was ok at this incident.
Top photos and video courtesy of Bourne Police; lower photos courtesy of Wareham Harbormaster

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