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Nov 11, 2009 1:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sinking truck with no passengers found at North Sea Beach in October

Nov 11, 2009 1:40 PM

A North Haven woman recently reported her Isuzu truck stolen, one day after it was found submerged in more than 6 feet of water in the Peconic Bay, off North Sea Road.

According to the East Hampton Town Police report, the woman told police on October 26 than her employee had said someone had stolen her 2006 truck, which the employee had last seen on Saturday, October 24, at 6 p.m. on Montauk Highway in Wainscott. The keys of the truck were in the glove compartment, the report states.

The truck was used for the woman’s landscaping business, Sirius LTD. There was a leaf blower, Nokia cell phone, three wheelbarrows, a pole saw and two fiberglass ladders in the truck at the time it was stolen, the report states. Everything except the pole saw and the cell phone were in the truck at the time it was found.

A passing motorist first spotted the truck in the water at 7:55 a.m. on October 25, said Sergeant John Boden. There was no trace of the truck’s driver or any passengers, according to a press release issued by the North Sea Fire Department, which helped remove the truck from Peconic Bay with its dive team and fire/rescue boat. The Hampton Bays Fire Department also helped get the truck on the land.

North Sea 1st Assistant Fire Chief Joseph “Rocky” Ambrose and Southampton Town Police arrived on the scene first, finding the truck in the water. As North Sea Fire Department Chief Steve Phillips set up command at Conscience Point Marina, the North Sea Fire Dive Team, with mutual aid from the Hampton Bays Fire Department Dive Team, set up operations with North Sea Fire Department’s 30-foot fire/rescue boat. A diver from each team searched inside and around the vehicle and found no victims, according to a fire department press release. Southampton Volunteer Ambulance also responded to the scene, though no injuries were reported.

Sgt. Boden said that when the fire departments first arrived on scene only the stakes on the bed of the truck were visible above the water. He noted that the truck is most likely totaled because the water ruined the wiring.

Sgt. Boden said that he had no idea who put the Isuzu landscaping truck in the water, why it was done, or how it was done. He also said that it has not yet been determined how long the truck was floating in the water.

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