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Car pulled from George Wyth Lake

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An eastern Iowa man thought he put his car in park, but seconds later it rolled into a lake.

The driver's Lexus sank 17 feet to the bottom of a lake at George Wyth State Park yesterday afternoon, and today, crews were working to remove it.   

"Yesterday we had a gentleman that was out kayaking and unfortunately we don't know and he doesn't remember if he set the break or put it in park," said Lori Eberhard, George Wyth State Park Manager. "Unfortunately his car rolled into the Wyth Lake at the boat ramp."

Eberhard says she talked to the car owner shortly after it happened, saying he was shocked.

"All of a sudden, all you can do is watch your car go into the lake and you don't know what to do," said Eberhard.

The car sunk nearly 20 feet to the bottom of the lake.

"It's upside down, under the water so we are gonna drag it up out of here and flip it over," said Doug Aschbrenner, Sheetz Towing.

The car was hooked and pulled back to the boat ramp where it rolled in. Eberhard is thankful no one was in the car.

"We didn't have to be searching for people...just a car," said Eberhard.

A car in the water is more common than you think, Eberhard says it happens at least once a year. She is hopeful crews won't have to come back.

"Your vehicle might be in the lake and we'd rather not have to fish it out, we'd rather you'd be out there fishing for fish instead," said Eberhard.

Crews say the car's windows were open which helped it sink quicker, but it is a good thing the car flipped because it made it easier to pull out.

The DNR gave the driver 72 hours to remove the car, saying the sooner the better because of the risk of pollution from gas and oils.

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