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Park Staff Assist In Retrieving Sunken Jeep

Valley Forge National Historical Park

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A man who came to the park’s Betzwood boat ramp on September 19th to put his canoe into the river neglected to shift his 2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport into park before getting out of it. Shortly thereafter, the Jeep rolled down the ramp and into the Schuylkill River with his canoe attached to the roof. Recent rains had created a strong current, which immediately swept the vehicle downstream about 250 feet. When it came to a stop, the tip of the canoe was the only part visible above the water. A local tow company was notified; due to the depth of the water and length of the tow, they brought in a company specializing in vehicle water recovery. The removal operation lasted approximately five hours, but the vehicle was eventually recovered without further incident. Law enforcement rangers provided assistance on land and in the water. The operator of the Jeep, a CBS traffic anchor, explained his misfortune the following day on the air.



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