Only the top of a pickup was showing near the water’s surface Monday shortly after rescue crews pulled a man out of a pond near 38th Street North and Webb Road.
The man was rushed to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition after he was found by emergency divers, shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Emergency crews were called to the scene after a friend tried calling the cellphone belonging to the driver of the submerged vehicle.
After unsuccessful attempts, he called 911, said Andy Cole, battalion chief for the Wichita Fire Department.
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Emergency divers were able to put on their gear en route to the scene, Cole said.
Once at the scene, the divers searched in water 10 to 15 deep before locating the man.
Cole said it was possible the man, who is in his early 20s, was submerged for up to 18 minutes.
“He was found inside the truck,” Cole said. “The door was barely cracked open. The divers opened up the door and reached inside.”
Cole said that the vehicle apparently went out of the parking lot and into the man-made pond, west of Webb Road.
Police are investigating the possible cause of the accident.
A wrecker service was called afterward to pull the vehicle from the pond.