Vehicle swallowed up by rising tide at Luhr Beach

Staff writerJuly 14, 2014 

A full-size Dodge Ram truck that got caught in a rising tide on Sunday had to be hauled out of the water with the assistance of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Lacey Fire District 3 and Nisqually Towing.

According to Lacey Fire and Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady, Lacey fire and the sheriff’s dive team responded to a report of a truck stuck in the sand about 4:25 p.m. at the Luhr Beach boat launch, which overlooks the Nisqually Reach.

The driver of the vehicle, who had borrowed it from a friend, was attempting to retrieve a boat at low tide. But rather than back down the boat launch, the driver drove forward down the launch and turned around, eventually getting stuck in the sand.

Then the tide started to rise at a rate of about 3 feet an hour, Brady said.

Divers finally had to attach cables to the truck so Nisqually Towing could haul it out of the water.

Brady described the vehicle as a total loss because it was filled with sea water.

He added that the sheriff’s office will forward its information about the incident to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, which operates the boat launch, and to the state Department of Natural Resources, which oversees oyster beds in the area, and it will be up to them whether to file charges against the driver.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com @rolf_boone

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