Submerged vehicle owned by Southside EMT

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Southside Fire Department worker is the owner of a vehicle that was submerged in the Savannah River and discovered early Monday morning.

Mitchell Lane, 34, owns a Nissan Maxima that was completely submerged at the Houlihan Boat Ramp with the driver's door open. His identification and a wallet were found near the boat ramp.

Just before 7 a.m. Monday, a local fisherman discovered what he believed was a vehicle as he was going to put in his boat in at the Houlihan boat ramp.

He called Port Wentworth Police and SCMPD, which pulled the vehicle out of the water.

Authorities checks at Lane's home and work came up empty.

Monday would have been Lane's first day as a full-time EMT, but he didn't show up for work, according to police.

Chief Wesley Meadows with Southside Fire Department was at the scene along with several members of the department to help with the search.

SCMPD Marine Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources both had boats equipped with side scan sonar, attempting to make sure Lane was not in the river.

Just after 2 p.m. Monday, the Port Wentworth Police Department spotted Lane near an industrial park in Port Wentworth.

Lane was transported to Memorial University Health Center for scrapes and bruises. Lane told police that his vehicle rolled into the river by accident and he was attempting to contact a family member when he was spotted by police, according to the SCMPD.

There are no charges pending at this time against Lane.

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