The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team assisted the Hughes Pond Fire Department in the recovery of a vehicle and a body from a pond near the intersection of Mount Zion Church Road and Highway 274 in Gaston County.
The Dive Team was dispatched to the area shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday (January 6) at the request of the Hughes Pond Fire Department in reference to a vehicle in a pond with an elderly man inside. When they arrived team members could see headlights from the vehicle underwater about 100 feet from shore.
Witnesses confirmed the elderly male driver crossed the road in front of them and went in the water. He did not surface from the vehicle and they attempted to rescue him. At 9:20 p.m. divers, an officer and a detective entered the water and found the vehicle. Both front windows on the vehicle were down and the victim was found in the back seat.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol arrived on the scene and instructed the divers to assist in removing the vehicle from the water. Divers attached cables to the wheels and wreckers pulled the car to shore. The vehicle and the scene were turned over to the Highway Patrol to continue their investigation.