A teenager narrowly escaped a submerged SUV this past weekend.
Aubert Clevenger, 15, was trying to back up his uncle’s trailer to launch a boat at Beaver Dam Lake in Kosciusko County. That is when investigators say he panicked because of inexperience and pressed the gas instead of the brake.
Clevenger left the driver’s door open and jumped from the vehicle as it began to sink, swimming to shore.
Conservation officers are reminding boaters that public access ramps require operators to be licensed drivers, and that backing up trailers should be practiced.
No charges were filed.