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Car driven into water at South Thomaston public landing

By Stephen Betts | May 11, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts A car went into the water at the South Thomaston public landing May 11.

South Thomaston — A car was driven into the water Monday night at the public landing in South Thomaston.

The call to Knox County Regional Communications came in shortly before 11 p.m., May 11.

The operator, Richard E Goodwin, 85, of Sanford had been driving his 2007 Volkswagen Passat  south on Elm Street in South Thomaston. He failed to follow the curve in the road and drove straight into the town landing parking lot. He continued down the ramp and drove into the water, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. It is not known how long the vehicle was in the water before the vehicle was seen by a resident on the Dublin Road.

The tide was low at the time Goodwin's vehicle went in the water and the tide was coming in.

The vehicle was in approximately 2 feet of water and close to the boat launch. Emergency crews entered the water and were able to remove Goodwin from the vehicle. The man appeared confused, but otherwise uninjured, the Sheriff's Department said. He was taken to a waiting ambulance and taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for further evaluation and treatment.

The vehicle is considered a total loss.

Family members in New Hampshire were contacted and made aware of the crash, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The crash is being investigated by Knox County Deputy Jacob Labo. Deputies were assisted at the scene by South Thomaston Fire, South Thomaston Ambulance and Automaster Wrecker Service.

The vehicle was pulled from the water at around 11:40 p.m.

The car was in the water just off the public landing. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
A boat was brought to the scene in the event it was needed. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
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