Bystanders rescue elderly man from pond after Allendale Township crash

Nearly seven years since the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said it would add body cameras, the department still doesn’t have the technology nor dashcams on deputies’ cruisers.

ALLENDALE TWP. — A group of bystanders rescued an elderly man after the vehicle he was driving went into a pond Friday afternoon in Allendale Township, according the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Several agencies were dispatched at 12:38 p.m. Friday, March 24, to reports of a vehicle that went into a pond in the area of 60th Avenue and Warner Street in Allendale Township.

When police and fire units arrived on-scene, bystanders had pulled the driver out of the vehicle and onto shore using a neighbor’s rowboat.

Preliminary investigation showed the 83-year-old Coopersville man was driving north on 60th Avenue when his vehicle went off the road and through a nearby field before going into the pond.


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Life EMS Ambulance transported the driver to a local hospital where he was in stable condition, per OCSO.

OCSO and its dive team were assisted on-scene by the Grand Haven Township Fire Department and Robinson Township Fire Department.

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This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Bystanders rescue elderly man from pond after Allendale Township crash