Truck Submerged in Shoshone River
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 22, 2018
An intoxicated man was rescued from the Shoshone River early yesterday morning after driving his pickup truck into the rushing water.
At 2:55 a.m. yesterday, Park County’s Dispatch Center received a 911 call, but there was no one on the line, just the sound of rushing water. Using the Center’s call mapping technology, it was determined that the call was coming from the middle of the Shoshone River, just east of the Cody City Shop near the end of 19th Street.
Search and Rescue Laision Officer Lance Mathess with the Park County Sheriff’s Department says a Cody Police officer was immediately dispatched, and found a 2003 Dodge pickup truck in the river with its tail lights sticking out of the water. He also heard someone calling for help.
Mathess says apparently the victim, 24 year old Andrew James Newman, had driven into the river from his residence at the Rivers Bend Trailer Park and floated downriver. When his truck began to submerge, he exited the vehicle and was able to make it to a small sandbar about a half mile from the trailer park. A swift water team from Search and Rescue safely got Newman to shore just after 4 a.m.
Mathess says Newman is lucky to be alive.
Cody Police issued Newman a citation for driving while under the influence. However, his pickup truck is still in the river – and Mathess says it will be until the river recedes enough for it to be safely removed.