BMW lands in slough, men float 1/2 mile on top of car

BMW lands in slough, men float 1/2 mile on top of car

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- Two men floated on top of a partially submerged BMW for half a mile before being rescued, according to the Sheriff's office.

Coos County deputies say that just after 11:30 pm Thursday,  they were dispatched to West Catching Slough Road near milepost 2, east of Coos Bay, for a reported car crash where a vehicle went into the slough.

When deputies arrived, they found two men sitting atop a partially submerged 2008 BMW floating in the slough.

Officials say the vehicle floated about a half mile upstream with the tide, before it submerged and the men jumped off.

Authorities say the driver, Kevin Nelson, 51, of Coos Bay, and his passenger, Erik Freerksen, 51, of Myrtle Creek, were not injured.

Authorities say the car ended up in the water after Nelson swerved to miss a deer. 

The vehicle will be recovered by Mast Bros. Towing, officials said.

The Coos County Sheriff’s office was assisted by officers from the Coos Bay Police Department, fire and first responder units from the Millington Fire Department and Bay Cities Ambulance.

The Sheriff's office says drivers should look ahead, and not swerve to miss an animal.