UPDATE: Crews retrieve vehicle that became submerged in Lake Hefner, but still have not found missing driver


UPDATE: Crews are still searching for a missing man who was driving a vehicle that became submerged in Lake Hefner early Tuesday morning.

The 19-year-old man was a driving a vehicle with his 16-year-old sister along as a passenger, when they ended up in the water of Lake Hefner shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday and began to sink.

The girl told authorities that she and her brother were both able to get out of the sinking vehicle, but she lost sight of her brother as they were swimming back to shore.

Oklahoma City firefighters and police went to the scene after receiving a 9-1-1 call.

Members of the Oklahoma City Fire Department used a sonar-equipped boat to search the immediate vicinity of Lake Hefner. The search was suspended before 4 a.m., according to Benny Fulkerson, Public Information Officer for the Fire Department.

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A vehicle pulled out of Lake Hefner during a search for the missing driver on Tuesday.

The search resumed in the morning during daylight and more favorable weather conditions. The sonar-equipped boat with divers on board reentered the water, but the search was again briefly suspended because of inclement weather.

The search continued when the weather improved and a wrecker was called to the scene to pull the vehicle out of the water, according to Fulkerson.

Divers found the vehicle about 100 yards from the shore and connected the wrecker chains to the vehicle so it could be removed.

The vehicle was brought to shore and searched, but the victim was not inside.

“The OKCFD Dive Team will remain on scene until roughly 5 p.m. today and will continue to search for the victim utilizing the boat and sonar,” Fulkerson said.

The teenager received treatment for minor injuries at a local hospital.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Authorities spent hours searching a local lake for a missing driver on Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, emergency crews received a 911 call about a car that went into Lake Hefner.

Police say a 16-year-old girl said she was with her brother when their car went into the water and started to sink.

She said that she and her brother were able to make it out of the vehicle.

However, she said that she lost sight of her 19-year-old brother as they were trying to swim back to shore.

Authorities spent hours searching the lake before they were forced to call off the search.

“Winds are pretty strong out of the southeast and depending on how long she was in the water could affect on how far she would have been carried by the currents and the wind out here. Same thing with the vehicle, depending on how long it floated before it actually submerged. So a lot of this we’re trying to piece together with the limited information she was able to provide,” said Lt. Isaac Goodman, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The teenager was taken to a local hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

Officials say they plan to resume the search for the missing man and vehicle when the sun comes up.


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