A Janesville, Wisconsin woman’s 2011 Chevrolet Equinox ended up in the Rock River after a wild animal rescue gone awry.
Missy Long claims to have spotted a turtle and attempted to return it to its natural habitat by dropping it off in the water via the Rock River boat launch area. However, Long suspects that she forgot to put her vehicle in park before exiting the Equinox and attempting to save the turtle. The Equinox then rolled down the boat launch area, right into the river, and began floating downstream.
Police and fire marshals were alerted to the floating Chevrolet at 11:34 AM on Wednesday. Officials began the recovery process shortly after.
Police Sgt. Dean Sukus says the police received two 911 calls that morning that a car was in the river near the Bellrichard bridge. Those calls came from area local Kevin Mageland who happened to be in the area at the time. Mageland then jumped into the river to see if anyone was trapped in the car.
“It’s not every day that you drive over that bridge and see a car just floating down the river,” he said. Mageland confirmed moments later that no one was in the vehicle, and that the owner was OK.
Long didn’t have time for an in-depth interview as she had to arrange for a ride home. To make matters worse, officials have not been able to confirm what happened to the turtle. But we’re hopeful that the turtle was at least able to have a safe ride home. We also commend Long’s Good Samaritan act, but just wish she’d have shifted the Chevrolet Equinox into park and applied the parking brake before helping the anapsid.
Source: Gazette Extra