Police: Man dead after vehicle went into East River

Emergency crews pulled a man from the East River after his vehicle went into the water on Friday, May 30, 2014. (WLUK/Andrew LaCombe)

GREEN BAY - Green Bay police say one man is dead after his vehicle went into the East River Friday evening.

It happened near the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Street just before 5 p.m.

Officials say the man was inside the submerged vehicle when emergency crews arrived. The dive team used air bubbles to locate where the vehicle had drifted.

It was in about 10 feet of water. Green Bay's fire chief estimates the man was underwater for 15 minutes before divers freed him.

"Once we entered the car, we had issues with our suits being very buoyant, being able to get down," said Steve Sellin. "Finally one of our divers was able to get down there and get the occupant."

Green Bay police say the man left Karen's Pub and got into his vehicle in the parking lot. However, the manager of the bar says he was not in the bar.

The man then drove his vehicle down an embankment and into the river. One witness told FOX 11 what she saw.

"I heard a squeal of tires and then he went down that way, then he went under," said Caren Pierson of Green Bay. "That's what I saw."

Police say they still aren't sure how exactly the man died. However, authorities say the man was alive when he was pulled out of the river and he later died at the hospital. His identity has not been released.