PHOTOS: Authorities pull off crazy rescue of man in submerged SUV

Friday afternoon, deputies from Anoka and Isanti counties received a report of a car overturned in Typo Creek Drive south of 253rd Ave. NE.

According to a press release, when they arrived at the scene, authorities noted there weren't tracks in the snow indicating anyone had escaped from the overturned and partially submerged 2003 Honda SUV. The vehicle's exhaust was cold.

Nonetheless, an Anoka County deputy put on a dry suit and dove into the water while Isanti Fire officials used a Jaws of Life extrication tool in hopes of forcing the driver's door open.

The aforementioned release notes that "to everyone's surprise," the driver, a 53-year-old Anoka County man, was still inside the vehicle. He was kneeling on the SUV's roof with his back to the steering wheel "up to his chest in the cold water holding his cell phone up."

The man was treated at the scene, then released to his son, who took him home.

The release notes the man was in water for nearly 30 minutes.

Here are a couple more photos from the scene (all images via the Isanti County Sheriff's Office Facebook page):

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