Updated 10/16/2012 09:57 PM
SUV rolls off ferry into St. Lawrence River
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Jefferson County dive crews were forced into the cold water after a van rolled off a ferry into the St. Lawrence River. It happened Tuesday afternoon.
Three people boarded the Horne's Ferry in Cape Vincent headed for Wolfe Island, but when they got out of the Dodge Journey, they left it in neutral. A short time after leaving the dock, the van rolled through the entrance ramp into the water.
The vehicle only had a few gallons of gas left in it and divers say it was not leaking.
"Deck hands on the ferry acted fast enough to get a rope wrapped around the tire before it sank. They were able to get it to shore. All the occupants were out of the vehicle before it went off the ferry. So everybody is safe," said Cape Vincent Fire Chief Bill Gould.
After it was towed to shore, dive teams spent several hours in the water before getting the van out.
There was no damage to the ferry.