The driver of this car accidently left it in reverse when they got out to finish loading their boat to the trailer. That caused the car to back in the river with the trailer attached and become completely submerged. The current of the river then spun the trailer and boat around to its pictured position. Photo courtesy of the Dakota County Sheriff’'s Office.
Driver leaves car in reverse, puts vehicle in the water

Staff report

June 19, Hastings officers were called to the boat launch at Jaycee Park for a vehicle that had gone in the water. When officers arrived, the driver of the vehicle stated they were retrieving their boat from the water when they accidentally left the car in reverse. The car backed into the river with the boat attached to the trailer and became completely submerged.

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office Dive Team and a tow truck were called to assist with the recovery of the vehicle.

In their message to boaters, DCSO reminds folks to remain aware of their surroundings. Always wear a life jacket, stay sober, be weather aware and double check your actions before proceeding.

For more boating tips, find the MN Department of Natural Resources’ boating guide at

June 22, 2022