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Truck, boat pulled from Pipestem Reservoir

A pickup truck, boat and trailer that had been submerged in the Pipestem Reservoir since Saturday at 9:30 p.m. were removed Tuesday afternoon, according to the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office.

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser said Mike Bear, of Jamestown, was using a 1985 Chevy pickup truck to pull a 1982 Crestliner boat out of the water at the Parkhurst boat landing on the Pipestem Reservoir.

Kaiser said the truck and boat were out of the water on Saturday night and parked on the boat ramp incline when Bear and another person got out to make sure the boat was sitting properly on the trailer. The truck slipped out of park and started rolling backward into the water.

“They were really lucky because there was a 7-year-old wearing a life jacket in the truck that they were able to pull out before the vehicle went under water,” he said. There were no injuries

The Stutsman County Rescue Dive Team guided the removal of the truck, boat and trailer from the water Tuesday starting around 5:30 p.m. Kaiser said he didn’t believe there was any damage caused to the reservoir by the vehicles being submerged in the water for three days.

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