LEESVILLE A man launching his fishing boat Saturday ended up with it floating over the top of his truck, which also “launched” into Leesville Lake Saturday morning.
Firefighters were called about 9 a.m. to the scene on a report of a pickup in the water, and no one was injured, said Capt. Mike Booth of Sherrodsville VFD Inc.
The incident occurred at the Leesville Lake launch ramp off of Deer Road.
“A guy shut off his truck and put a wheel chock in place, but the truck’s manual transmission jumped out of gear and the truck went over the chock and into the water,” Booth explained. “The boat was actually floating right above the truck. He’d unhooked it from the trailer, getting ready to put the boat into the water. It was a small, flat bottom, aluminum fishing boat.”
The ramp normally allows launching two boats at a time, but because the truck slid over toward the center before going on into the water, no boats could be launched or exit the lake.
“Most boats were already in the water by that time,” Booth said. “There was only one wanting to get out, and a couple boats wanting to get in, but they had to wait until everything was cleared up.”
The Bowerston Volunteer Fire Department’s dive team assisted at the scene for about two hours before a wrecker arrived and pulled the truck out.
About 18 firefighters were on scene from Sherrodsville, Bowerston and Leesville, along with some Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Rangers.
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