Update: 12:21pm The truck was cautiously and safely removed from the lagoon. In the initial search of the lagoon the driver was not found. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department Dive Team will return at low tide to double check.
The registered owner of the truck is an Oceanside resident. When contacted this morning by the Oceanside Police Department, the owner reported that he left his keys inside the truck and that it was stolen last night from Oceanside.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The Police Department would like to thank the Carlsbad Fire Department, Oceanside Police and Fire Departments, San Diego Sheriff’s Department Dive Team, Encinitas City Lifeguards, Oceanside City Lifeguards, San Diego City Lifeguards, and the California State Lifeguards for their assistance.
The truck has been safely removed from the lagoon. No one was found inside. pic.twitter.com/hfGuUV8q5O
— Carlsbad Police (@CarlsbadPolice) June 1, 2016
The driver was not found in the preliminary search of the lagoon. The SDSO Dive Team will double check at low tide.
Carlsbad CA— Early this morning, June 1 at 00:42 a.m., a City of Carlsbad police officer was flagged by a citizen who reported a truck had gone off the hill and into the Lagoon in the area of Carlsbad Boulevard and Sequoia Avenue.
Responding officers found the point the truck went into the Lagoon was at Garfield Street. The truck was laying on its roof.
Three officers went into the water to rescue anyone that might be inside the truck. Visibility did not allow them to see if anyone was inside. The officers left the water do to the vehicle’s instability and the water’s strong current conditions.
Carlsbad and Oceanside Fire Department personnel responded to the scene to assist. The Fire Department used flares to check along the hillside for a driver of the vehicle.
California State Parks Life Guards also responded.
A lifeguard dive team entered the water to assist with the search and also found the vehicle’s instability and the water’s strong current conditions unsafe to continue.
Due to the water’s strong current conditions and darkness, members of the responding parties found it unsafe to retrieve the truck at the time. Efforts to retrieve the truck continue as responders watch the water conditions and find it can be safely removed.
Efforts to search for a driver of the vehicle continue.