ASHTABULA — A car and its driver ended up in the Ashtabula River late Saturday morning, Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said. 

For several hours afterwards, police, firefighters and rescue workers from all over Ashtabula County tried to locate the vehicle and pull it out of the murkey water.

Three hours later, around 2 p.m., divers successfully hooked a chain around the vehicle so a large tow truck from Davis Towing could pull it out.

About 20 minutes later, an upside down, dark-colored car was pulled from the water. An ambulance backed down the hill and parked next to the tow truck.

A red tarp was draped over the vehicle while rescue workers removed the driver, who is described as an older man, by Evan Howe, deputy coroner with the Ashtabula County Coroner's Office. 

Howe would not give any more information until after the next of kin is notified.

The incident occurred just north of the Bum Boat, off Route 531, in the Ashtabula Harbor.

Stell said there was only one witness, who actually saw the vehicle go into the water, but he was unable to help the driver. 

"The water is about 22 feet deep there," Stell said.

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