A Ford Windstar van apparently
popped out of gear and drifted backward into the water at the boat launch ramp
on West Bay Public Beach Friday afternoon.
The owner, a local fisherman, said
he had just brought in his small watercraft for the day when the van suddenly
began drifting backward down the launch ramp.
A backhoe was brought in to drag
the van from the water. Fire crews then manually hauled the trailer out.
The small boat didn’t get far. It
was stopped by floating away from the West Bay