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Four people safely get out of SUV stuck in river

Posted at 5:33 PM, Sep 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-12 17:33:43-04

COLUMBUS -- Four people were in an SUV that was stuck in the Flat Rock River below the US 31 bridge Saturday afternoon.

Columbus Police and Fire departments, and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department were called to a water rescue at 1:20 p.m.

When crews arrived, the four people were safe, and out of the water.

The driver, Tyler Miller, 22, told emergency crews he had driven across the shallow river several times before without any problems. He became stuck trying to drive from one sand bar to another.

“Although water levels are currently low, driving through any body of water can be dangerous, “ Captain Michael Wilson, Columbus Fire Department Spokesperson said in a press release.

“Debris, underwater hazards and the potential for becoming submerged are considerations that should be weighed when traversing water. Motorists should never drive through floodwaters.”

Miller made arrangements to get his car out of the water.