MOUNT VERNON — Dodging a deer on Lower Gambier Road Tuesday about 4:50 p.m. put a car and driver into the Kokosing River about three miles east of Mount Vernon. The Knox County Sheriff’s office said Alexander Ferrell, 22, Mount Vernon, was driving east when his car veered off the road in an area where the river is near the road and skidded down a 10-foot embankment.
A passerby saw the car in the river, called 911, and left the scene. The Mount Vernon Fire Department found the car in about three feet of water. Ferrell had crawled out, wet to the waist, and was sitting on the hood of the car. Firefighters Lt. Mike Treisch and Josh Lester pulled on insulated wet suits carried in the rescue fire truck, and waded out to the car about 10 feet from the river bank.
The two firefighters were attached to ropes, held by other firefighters from the bank, and walked in the water to the car. They put a life jacket on Ferrell and walked him out of the water and up the bank to safety.
Although not injured, Ferrell was taken to Knox Community Hospital for treatment of possible effects of the cold water.
Later, Lester went back in the water to hitch a tow chain to the car for the wrecker driver and discovered the car was very close to a deep hole in the river.
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