In an effort to try out his four-wheel drive Jeep Cherokee, a man drove it into the Big River on Nov. 13 and got stuck. He called 911 for help, Cedar Hill Fire Protection District Chief Mick Fischer said.
Fischer said the man drove into the river on purpose at Morse Mill Park near highways C and B and got stuck in about 2 feet of water.
Fischer said the man said he did not want to get into the water since it was about 18 degrees that morning and the water would be cold.
Cedar Hill Fire got a call at 9:15 a.m. about the man in the river, and crews were on the scene by 9:23 a.m., Fischer said.
He said crews were able to use an extension ladder to reach the driver, who was able to climb to shore without getting in the water.
Firefighters didn’t have to get into the water either, Fischer said.
He said the driver got to shore by 9:34 a.m. and crews stayed on the scene until 9:45 a.m.
Fischer said Northwest Towing was called to get the vehicle out of the river.
Personnel from the Hillsboro Fire Protection District, the Big River Ambulance District and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office helped with the call, Fischer said.