The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what caused a vehicle to go into the Pemaquid River off Hanna’s Landing in Bristol the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 5.
No one was in the vehicle when it went into the water, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy 1st Class Brian Collamore.
Lincoln County Communications paged Bristol Fire and Rescue for a report of a vehicle that had gone into the water and was sinking at 3:43 p.m. Monday.
The trunk and rear window were still out of the water when responders arrived a few minutes later, but the vehicle was soon completely underwater. Bristol Fire Chief Paul Leeman Jr. said there was minimal fluid leakage from the vehicle when it was submerged.
The fire department set up booms, or absorbent, floating pads, to contain any fluids from the vehicle.
The vehicle belongs to Ralph Ferguson, 74, of Bristol, Collamore said. Ferguson was out on his boat when the car went into the water and has made contact with the sheriff’s office.
East Coast Recovery & Towing, of Bristol, has been called to remove the car from the water, Collamore said.
Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service also responded to the scene.
The town of Bristol owns Hanna’s Landing, which provides access to the Pemaquid River.