Car plunges into lake

Couple climbs out, calls police

A vehicle drove into the lake on Thursday at 6:04 p.m. and the occupants got out on their own and walked to 321 Ontario St. to call police.

Responding officers and a park ranger found the 2008 Honda CRV minivan submerged in the lake near the west end of Chautauqua Park, just south of the intersection of Chautauqua Park Drive and East Lakeshore Drive.

Police are not sure how  the vehicle entered the lake, but Police Chief Mark Prosser told The Storm Lake Times, “The car took the only path it could take to get to the lake.”

The path was riddled with brush and large rocks.

Paramedics treated the occupants, Khammanh Manivong, 73, and Chanty Manivong, 67, both of Storm Lake. Their injuries were minor.

The driver, Khammanh, was cited for failure to maintain control. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $15,000.

Police and tow operators worked for an hour and a half removing the vehicle from the lake. A police officer entered the lake in scuba gear to place the tow chains on the van.

The Storm Lake Street Department responded with a city-owned military surplus large tow vehicle, usually used for dredge operations, to assist the tow service.

The vehicle was removed and no apparent fuel or oil leaked from the vehicle into the lake.