MEREDITH — Firefighters, together with helping hands from Sea Town and Harper Towing, spent more than three hours yesterday seeking to retrieve a Ford F-150 pickup belonging to the Town of Meredith and assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department from 10 feet of water some 400 feet off the sands at Leavitt Beach.
The truck, driven by an unidentified town employee, was parked on the beach on Lake Winnipesaukee, but around 10 a.m. it rolled into the lake near the swimming area. Amid a strong current and stiff breeze it rolled through the shallows over a sand bar to deeper water where it sank at once. Although covered by 10 or 12 feet of water, the truck was only a few feet from the waist deep water covering the sand bar. Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Deputy Fire Chief Andre Kloetz and his team on the fire boat located the truck and soon a Marine Patrol officer also reached the scene.
Harper Towing stationed a Ford Super-duty pickup at the water's edge and ran a line to the Sea Tow boat. Kloetz said that air bags were inflated in the cab to lighten the sunken truck, which was then hooked to the line. He described conditions as "tough", explaining that positioning the boats to to inflate the air bags and connect the line proved challenging. However, once secured, the truck was lifted on to the sand bar and easily towed ashore by about 2 p.m.
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