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JULY 27, 2005

WATER RESCUE

Delaware & Raritan Canal,
end of Cherry Tree Lane, Lawrence Township



At about 11:35 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, firefighters from the Slackwood, Lawrence Road and Lawrenceville fire companies were once again dispatched for a reported car submerged in the Delaware & Raritan Canal near the dead end of Cherry Tree Lane.

(During the evening of Tuesday, July 19, 2005, all Lawrence Township fire companies were sent to the same area for the recovery of a stolen car that had been dumped in the canal.)

Because it was unclear if anyone was in the submerged auto, divers from the Trenton Fire Departmentís Rescue Co. 1 were special-called to the scene.

When firefighters arrived, they actually found two cars sunk in the canal.

Trenton Fire Department divers entered the water and checked the interiors of the cars and provided police with license plate information.

A computer check by police then revealed that both cars (a Honda and a Nissan) had been recently stolen from the City of Trenton.

Because it was clear that there were no victims and that both cars had been dumped into the canal by thieves, Lawrence Road and Lawrenceville firefighters were recalled.

Slackwood and Trenton firefighters, meanwhile, remained on scene until both cars were pulled from the canal by a tow truck.

As a result of this and the earlier incident, Lawrence Township public works department officials erected additional barricades at the end of Cherry Tree Lane to prevent any more cars from being dumped in the canal.

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