SYCAMORE - A Tiffin man clung to a tree for more than four hours before being rescued from flood water Friday.
Deputy Michael Hoy of Wyandot County Sheriff's Office said the sheriff's office received a 911 call at 12:04 p.m. Friday about a person in the water who needed help. He said he responded to the scene on CH 9 along with other personnel from the sheriff's office, Sycamore fire and EMS, Sycamore Police Department, Upper Sandusky and Carey water rescue and Danner's Towing & Recycling.
Dale Hoover, 72, had been standing on a branch and clinging to a tree.
"He was above the water," the deputy said.
Hoover had been driving a 2011 Chevrolet Colorado westbound on CH 9 and thought he could make it through water, he said. The extensive flooding swept his truck into a field. Water from the Sandusky River had spilled into the nearby field, Capt. Mark Fleming of Sycamore Volunteer Fire Department said.
Hoover was able to free himself from the vehicle and clung to the tree for slightly more than four hours, Hoy said.
Hoover was rescued with Sycamore Volunteer Fire Department's boat. Hoy said Hoover, who was alert and conscious, was taken to Mercy Tiffin Hospital.
The vehicle had not been located as of Saturday afternoon.