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Out of the sauce and into the Fryingpan

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Two members of Basalt Fire Department's swift water rescue team talk to the driver of a truck that ended up in the Fryingpan River Friday afternoon. They had to assist the uninjured man to shore.

A driver who apparently backed into the Fryingpan River had to be assisted Friday by a swift-water rescue team from the Basalt Fire Department.

The driver wasn't injured, according to Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson, but he was "incapacitated." The man admitted to drinking a significant amount of alcohol, Thompson said.

The Fire Department received a call from emergency dispatchers at 1:41 p.m. of a vehicle partially submerged in the Fryingpan River 4 miles east of Basalt, with the driver still in the pickup. Thompson said responders feared it was a car crash with an injured person unable to get out of the car.

They found a small pickup with the front end 3 to 4 feet from the bank with the water up to the bottom of the door. Under normal circumstances, a person probably could have gotten out of the vehicle and to the shore, Thompson said, but this wasn't a normal circumstance.

"He wasn't able to walk," Thompson said.

Two members of the swift-water rescue team entered the water and assisted him to shore. The man was transported to a local hospital because he wasn't able to care for himself and the case was turned over to the Colorado State Patrol, according to Thompson.

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The man's identity and details of the accident weren't immediately available from the state patrol. Thompson said it appeared the pickup came from a driveway on the north side of Fryingpan Road and entered the river on the south side of the road.

"It appears he backed into the river," he said.

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