VALLEY OF THE ROGUE STATE PARK, Ore. – For more than a year now, a car has been sitting in the Rogue River as officials waited for it to resurface. The car ended up there when a woman drove her car off the road; she escaped, but it’s taken 18 months for the vehicle recovery.
The car landed in the river last March, but officials weren’t able to find it until it popped back up this summer; that is when a recovery effort kicked into full gear. With so many fires across the West, a helicopter hadn’t been available for a lift.
Monday morning, the call finally came in that Croman Helicopters would have one available and the plan came together over the next 24 hours. On Tuesday morning, Water Way Recovery, fire crews and DEQ officials all worked together to get the Subaru out.
Officials say the car was a big concern for residents, both from a fishing standpoint and an environmental concern. The car was dropped at a designated landing zone that had been previously cleared. Officials said after the car was taken out and landed, it was immediately taken to a storage area where insurance representatives will review its condition.