Need Water in the Radiator? Don’t drive Into the Yakima River
A man from Yakima is making national headlines after he tried to fill up his vehicle radiator by driving into the Yakima River on Tuesday.
THE MAN HAD REPLACED A THERMOSTAT AND NEEDED WATER
The man had apparently replaced a bad thermostat in his Suburban and drained the radiator before making the repairs. It's not known where he actually made the repairs but the man drove to the river to finish his work. When Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies arrived they helped the man remove his Suburban from the Yakima River on Tuesday. The attempt to fill up the radiator after the repairs was somewhat successful since the radiator did fill with water along with everything else.
DEPUTIES FOUND THE VEHICLE AND THE OWNER NEARBY
County sheriff's officials say witnesses spotted the vehicle in the river at about 11:00AM near Century Landing Tuesday and called authorities. The man told deputies he had just replaced a thermostat and needed to fill up the radiator so he drove his vehicle into the water. Deputies found the Suburban in the water and the owner nearby. The vehicle was towed out of the water. The vehicle owner was not injured.
Authorities say if you need water in your radiator don't drive your vehicle into the river hoping for a quick fix. As a result of the mishap the man's vehicle will need more than radiator work after it was submerged in the river on Tuesday.
Authorities say they've seen vehicles in the river but they've never seen a man who actually drove a vehicle in the water hoping it would help. The man was not injured.