Driver pulled from pond after call to friend

December 3, 2011 7:55:47 PM PST
A 35-year-old Newark man was rescued from a retention pond early this morning after he drove his vehicle off the roadway at the intersection of Route 273 and Red Mill Road, police say.

He was found by county officers as he was partially submerged in the cold muddy water.

At 5:47 a.m., County Police responded to the unit block of Danvers Circle in the community of Beechers Lot for a reported missing person.

When officers arrived, it was learned that the individual had received a call from a friend who indicated that he drove his vehicle off the road on his way home, he was unaware of his location and his cellular phone was about to die.

After searching for the victim for several hours in an attempt to locate him, the individual called 9-1-1.

Upon receiving the call and learning about the victim's possible travel routes, Officer First Class Ronald DiMaano eventually located the victim's car, a blue older model Cadillac, down in a ditch of a retention pond at the intersection of Route 273 and Red Mill Road. Officer DiMaano then observed the 35-year-old male to be disoriented as he was outside of his vehicle and standing in cold water that was up to his waistline.

After Officer First Class Scott Crum arrived at the scene, both officers entered the pond in an attempt to rescue the male. As Officer Crum grabbed the victim from behind, he noticed the victim was stuck in the mud. The officer then found himself stuck for a moment before he and Officer DiMaano were able to free the victim and bring him ashore.

Officer First Class Mark Lutes and Officer First Class Robert Maguire had arrived and assisted the officers in bringing the victim up from ditch and onto a grassy area, where they attended to him by wrapping him in several jackets for warmth, prior to the arrival of emergency personnel from the Christiana Fire Company.

The victim was then immediately transported to the Christiana Hospital as he was suffering from hypothermia and unknown injuries related to the accident.

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