STILLWATER — The pickup truck that sank in Saratoga Lake last week has been removed, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation isn’t planning to issue any tickets.
DEC said the truck’s owner contacted them on Sunday, saying it has been removed from the water and taken off the ice. The officer checked for signs of automotive fluid in the water or on the ice and didn’t find any, so no further action will be taken, the agency said.
The diesel pickup truck spent about a week in the water after going through ice, and was removed after a dive team from Lake George used floation devices to raise the vehicle and then ramp it onto safe ice.
Late last week, DEC said that environmental conservation officers received a report on Sunday, Jan. 27 about a vehicle through the ice about a half-mile off Brown’s Beach, with its front wheels stuck in a pressure crack in the ice.
The southern part of the lake is popular with ice fishermen, who, when it’s thick enough, sometimes drive onto the ice.
DEC said its officers determined that the vehicle had actually gotten stuck the night before. The unidentified owner and a friend returned at 2 a.m. Sunday with a full-size pickup truck to try to free the first vehicle, but the second vehicle broke through the ice and sank. Both occupants were able to escape, and returned to shore safely.
The men returned in daylight and were able to get the first truck off the ice, but couldn’t find the second truck. A search eventually found it submerged about a quarter-mile from shore. Initial attempts to remove it were unsuccesful, but a new effort was made over last weekend, once the bitter cold subsided.
Ice was late to form this year because of warm weather in December and the first part of January. DEC officials said the incident is a reminder that people should be careful on the ice.