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Fisherman recovers van from reservoir

The driver of a van that sank in Fresno Reservoir last week during an ice fishing trip was able to retrieve the vehicle and said he is undeterred by the close call.

John Downhour Jr., 46, of Cut Bank, and two relatives swam to shore after the three-quarter-ton van broke through thin ice on Thursday afternoon. Downhour said he was driving on the ice when he noticed a patch of open water and stopped the van. The ice broke and the van started to sink, he said.

The van sank to a depth of about 6 feet, with just the top of the vehicle protruding from the water. Downhour, his brother Joel, and niece...


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