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LAKE LILLINONAH Submerged car discovered during training exercise

August 23, 2018

NEWTOWN — A routine search and rescue training on Lake Lillinonah this week ended with a submerged car being pulled from the body of water.

Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue volunteers noticed the car when scanning the lake with a sonar device for a training exercise, the organization said on Facebook.

“We noticed a submerged vehicle, in 25 feet of water and partially buried in mud,” the post read.

The group successfully recovered the vehicle, which turned out to be a Mercedes C280, with help of Newtown Police, Sandy Hook Volunteer and Fire and Rescue and Modzelewski’s Towing and Recovery.

The car was taken to the Newtown Police Department impound lot for further investigation. Information about who owns the vehicle was not immediately available, police said.

The incident was still under investigation Thursday and no other information was available, police said.

Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue is an all volunteer emergency response team dedicated to saving lives through search and rescue operations by providing professionally trained members for water rescue and recovery incidents. Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue also promotes water safety awareness education.

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