Struggle is 'reel': Wrecker making numerous attempts to pull vehicle out of Lake o' the Pines

Struggle is 'reel': Wrecker making numerous attempts to pull vehicle out of Lake o' the Pines
The slippery vehicle is putting up a good fight. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
The slippery vehicle is putting up a good fight. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
The process of trying to get the car out of the lake has taken all day Tuesday. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
The process of trying to get the car out of the lake has taken all day Tuesday. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

MORRIS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Law enforcement officials and a wrecker crew are at the scene where a vehicle was found submerged in Lake O' The Pines on Sunday. Today, a crew is still working to try to pull the vehicle out of the lake so the investigation into how the vehicle got there can proceed.

Unfortunately, the vehicle is putting up a fight, and has slipped off the line from the wrecker several times, our reporter at the scene says. On the first attempt, the vehicle came loose and sank. The second attempt broke the tow strap and the vehicle sank to the bottom of the creek channel.  They can't locate it since it fell into that area.

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Officials say it will take a diver to find the vehicle now so that it can be retrieved. 

Morris County Sheriff's Office was notified Sunday after a private boat hit the top of the car and broke its propeller.

John Campell, a former Marine, said he was called out to help lift the car out of the water after Park Rangers marked the vehicle for extraction on Monday. The car appeared to be about 40 to 50 yards from shore, and Campell noted that moss was growing on it f and rust formed on the back of the cab, which likely meant "it'd been there for a while."

Morris County officials did not speculate as to why the car was submerged in Lake o' the Pines. There is also no word on what kind of vehicle it is, or how long it has been in the water.

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