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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2007

Dump truck found sunk in Point Mallard Wave Pool

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

Like a miniature shipwreck in an aquarium, Decatur police found a 1-ton municipal dump truck lying at the bottom of the Point Mallard Park's Wave Pool on Sunday morning.

It's not completely clear how the vehicle wound up submerged in the 8-foot-deep pool at the J. Gilmer Blackburn Aquatic Center, but police said they suspect a maintenance worker could have been responsible.

According to a report released Monday, officers sent to the park at about 5 a.m. noticed several garbage bags floating in the water. It was still dark, and the officers had to move in close to make out the shadowy object at the bottom.

The front end of the dump-truck-turned-submarine was against the rock wall at the end of the pool, the report said.

According to the report, officers searched the rest of the park and found an open gate with an apparently undamaged lock and chain lying nearby, a white pickup truck parked behind the wall on the back side of the wave pool, and two sets of tire tracks. One set of tracks appeared to match the pickup's tires. The other led up a ramp to the wave pool.

Police also found an empty beer can, an unidentified vial and a pair of blue swim trunks.

The truck could have been driven into the pool as early as 10:30 p.m. the previous day, police said. No arrests had been made, but the case could result in felony criminal mischief charges, said Sgt. Steve Campbell, a police spokesman.

Campbell said police called in a wrecker service to remove the vehicle. Workers went into the pool with a tow cable, hitched it to the truck and slowly pulled the truck from the depths.

Point Mallard employees filtered the pool to prepare it for opening Monday.

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