4 rescued by sheriff's deputies after driving Jeep into Yellowstone

2014-07-13T20:18:00Z 2014-07-18T14:35:05Z 4 rescued by sheriff's deputies after driving Jeep into YellowstoneBy CHRIS CIOFFI ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Four people had to be rescued from a sandbar by a Yellowstone County Sheriff Department’s boat after their Jeep Rubicon floated away from the Buffalo Mirage Fishing Access Site on Sunday around 7 p.m.

Three men and a woman were in the car. A 26-year-old man was driving when the vehicle went past the high-water mark, according to Deputy Dave Muhlbeier. The Jeep began to sink and started to fill with water. The sheriff’s boat picked the four up on the sandbar.

The other people in the car were a 21-year-old woman and 22- and 24-year-old men.

Dave Hendrix, who was running his dog nearby, said “the kids decided to turn around in that river and the river caught them.”

The sandbar is about 1,000 yards down from the fishing access site, also known as Sportsman’s Park.

The car is still in the river, and Muhlbeier said it is the driver’s responsibility to remove the vehicle. He also said Fish, Wildlife and Parks may issue a citation to the driver for driving below the high-water line.

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