A white 90s Subaru SUV has been spotted by passing drift boaters submerged in the Alsea River. The location is at milepost 21 of the Alsea Highway.
9-1-1 dispatch records show that there was an accident a couple of weeks ago upriver during which the occupants were rescued, but due to the torrential rains and high water, the vehicle was not recovered. Fire-Rescue is responding but they think it’s the same vehicle. Central Coast Fire, Seal Rock Fire, and Yachats Fire are responding, handling the call as an active water rescue.
Lead fire engine heading up Highway 34 reports icy road conditions mainly in the heavily shaded areas of the roadway.
Fire crews have arrived in the area and are scanning the river. They are unable to locate anything up to milepost 22.5, but are still searching.
Nothing found up to milepost 24. Lead crew is turning around to check the area again. Additional fire personnel are arriving in the area.
Fire engine crew approached by two citizens who say they know where the vehicle is. They are leading the engine to the scene.
Fire crews have located the vehicle, completely submerged in the water at milepost 21.5. It is believed to be the same accident that fire crews responded to on the 7th of December, however, they are unable to tell what the vehicle model is or what the license plates are. Still being treated as an active rescue situation.
Ambulance on scene returning to their station.
Water-entry personnel are leaving the scene.
Scene has been marked to show passing motorists the crash has been attended to.
Oregon State Police is very confident that it is the same accident that was reported on the 7th based on information given by fire personnel on scene.