Deputies helped driver get out of submerged vehicle in Carlton

Posted 24 August 2022 at 5:55 pm

Press Release, Sheriff Chris Bourke

CARLTON – On Tuesday at approximately 1:35 a.m., Orleans County Dispatch received a call for a motor vehicle accident that occurred at the end of a fire lane in the Town of Carlton. Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies responded, along with the Carlton Fire Department.

Deputy Stornelli arrived on scene first, followed by Deputy Ashbery and Deputy Martek. Upon arrival, Deputy Ashbery located the vehicle down an embankment, submerged in water. Deputies Ashbery, Martek and Stornelli, along with an individual from Carlton Fire Department, climbed down the embankment and entered the water to approach the vehicle, approximately 100 yards from shore.

Deputy Stornelli made contact with the driver through the front passenger side window, while deputies Ashbery and Martek worked to get the driver door open. Once the driver door was opened, all three deputies were able to successfully remove the driver from the vehicle. Once the driver was out of the vehicle, deputies on scene assisted Carlton Fire Department in getting the driver to shore, where the driver began receiving medical treatment before being transported to the hospital by COVA.

Sheriff Bourke is proud of the quick thinking actions of the deputies on scene, as well as the good work of the Carlton Fire Department. This is one example of the great work the men and women of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office does on a daily basis, as well as volunteer members of fire departments throughout the county.