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Truck Pulled From Missouri River

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The Burleigh County Dive Team pulls a pickup out of the Missouri River.


It took several hours and many attempts...

But Steph Scheurer was there for the moment the red pickup got reeled in to shore.

The dive and rescue team has been hard at work since 8 o'clock am, in a second attempt to get a stolen pickup truck out of the river.

The plan - to hook a cable to the truck.

"He got it hooked up and they started pulling and that piece broke off, then it was obvious it's from the rear axle," says Maj. Kelly Leben, Burleigh County Dive and Rescue Team.

A tire and a few attempts and hours later...

"The problem we were running into was that they couldn't get the cable down to the truck," says Leben.

They finally caught the big one.

"We re-positioned the boats. The diver was able to get down, get it hooked up, and then we started towing and the tow truck operator said it's coming," says Leben.

At this point, quite the crowd had assembled to watch.

"I thought it was pretty awesome watching. It's something different."

"Figured that we'll come down here and watch what's going on."

"Our son is out there in that boat out there and he told us that they were going to try to get it out of the river today so I actually had the afternoon off so we came down here to watch."

And it was a sight to see.

After days and hours dedicated to getting this truck out, dive and rescue crew members are excited it's finally over.

"I'm feeling very happy. We kept at it. This last hook-up it was all or nothing. We knew we'd have to call it a day so when they started wenching and told me it was coming, it was a big sense of relief," says Leben.

With their fish out of water, it was a successful day on the Missouri River.

The truck was turned back in to the owner,

The Bismarck police processed the vehicle as stolen.

According to Kelly Leben, there was only personal property of the owner's found in the truck.

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