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Man from Del City rescues grandson from sinking van

DEL CITY — A van sank into Eagle Lake Thursday afternoon, just minutes after a 2-year-old boy inside was pulled to safety by his grandfather.

BY MATT DINGER AND JIM BECKEL Staff Writers Modified: July 13, 2012 at 9:33 am •  Published: July 13, 2012
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DEL CITY — A van sank into Eagle Lake Thursday afternoon, just minutes after a 2-year-old boy inside was pulled to safety by his grandfather.

About 2:45 p.m., Deshawn Robison, 2, and grandfather Tommy Albertson, 50, of Del City, were at the lake on E Reno near Bryant Ave., feeding ducks. When Albertson’s back was turned while getting more bread, Deshawn climbed into the van parked behind them, accidentally shifting it into gear. The van moved toward the lake, he said.

Albertson pulled his grandson from the van minutes before it sank, nose first, into the water.

“It was gone. There was nothing I could do. I tried to catch it,” Albertson said.

The momentum of the van propelled the vehicle into deep water by the time he reached the driver’s side window, which was rolled down, he said.

Both of them made it back to the shore unharmed. They were checked by paramedics at the scene, but neither was hospitalized.

Albertson stood on the lake’s shore — dripping wet — and recounted the incident to reporters and first responders at the scene. He still appeared panicked when telling the story.

Stacy Henderson was at the lake with her three children when they looked up and saw the van rolling into the water and Albertson running after it.

When she realized there was a child inside, “the mommy adrenaline immediately kicked in,” she said.

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