Man res­cued af­ter driv­ing SUV into pond

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

A Columbia County man was res­cued un­hurt af­ter his SUV ran off Columbia County Route 21B on Tues­day and wound up in a pri­vate pond, ac­cord­ing to the Columbia County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Robert A. Brooks, Jr., 38, of Ghent, who was alone in the 2006 Ford Ex­plorer at the time of the ac­ci­dent, was sit­ting on the roof of the par­tially sub­merged ve­hi­cle when the Ghent Fire Depart­ment and Chatham Res­cue Squad ar­rived to as­sist Columbia County sher­iff’s deputies in help­ing him get to dry land.

Res­cuers ex­tended a lad­der hor­i­zon­tally to the ve­hi­cle, which was just a few feet out, and Brooks was able to walk on it to reach the shore.

Brooks told res­cuers he fell asleep at the wheel, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said.


Robert A. Brooks Jr. was sit­ting on the roof of his par­tially sub­merged SUV when emer­gency re­spon­ders ar­rived.

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