Man drives car into Oakland estuary, drown

Dec 19, 2015 2:03 PM by News Staff

An Alameda fire rescue swimmer pulled a drowning man out of a submerged vehicle in the Oakland Estuary Sunday morning, a fire captain said, but the victim did not survive.

Emergency crews were called to the waterfront near Blanding Avenue and Broadway at 7:01 a.m. on a report of a submerged vehicle, according to Capt. James Colburn with the Alameda Fire Department.

Witnesses told investigators that a vehicle had been seen speeding through a parking lot before it went up onto a sidewalk, through a barricade and into the water, Colburn said.

A rescue swimmer with the Alameda Fire Department was able to pull a man out of a vehicle. He was transported to Highland Hospital, and pronounced deceased sometime after leaving the scene, according to Colburn.

Dive teams were initially reported to be searching the waters for additional victims, but officials later said there was only one occupant in the car.

Crews on scene include personnel from Alameda police and fire departments, Southern Marin Fir Protection District, the San Francisco Fire Department, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and the United States Coast Guard.


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