When Everet Amos puts his line in the water, he hauls out big ones - this time a 1-ton Ford van. "Went fishing for a Chevy and caught a Ford," Amos said in an update to the story.

Ev's Hi-Tech Towing company came out on Sunday, Oct. 27 around mid-day to pull the vehicle out of the Rogue River, located about three miles up the North Bank Rogue River Road out of Gold Beach.

The van ended up in the river Saturday, Oct. 26 around 4 p.m. after it went off the edge of the road, then tumbled down a steep, 50-foot bank. After hitting a tree halfway down, the vehicle came to rest in the water, upright but completely submerged, according to Curry County Sheriff's Marine Sergeant Ted Heath.

The driver was able to get himself out of the van and was taken by ambulance to Curry General Hospital to take care of a gash on his forehead, Heath said.

The vehicle removal operation required two of Ev's Hi Tech tow trucks, plus a boat to attach chains to the submerged vehicle. The road was closed for about three hours while the towing operation took place.

More information will be posted as it becomes available at currypilot.com and in the Wednesday print edition of The Pilot.

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