BELFAST, Maine — Belfast first responders and a tow truck operator fished a car out of the harbor Saturday afternoon after it rolled down a ramp and into the water. No one was inside the vehicle at the time.

The car’s driver, Elijah Davis, 24, of Belfast, had parked the vehicle on the ramp around 4 p.m., planning to put a small sailboat that was secured to the roof of the car into the harbor, according to Belfast police Sgt. Matthew Cook.

“When he got out, the car rolled in,” Cook said. Davis told police he believed he had set the emergency brake, but that it failed.

The incident happened in the midst of Belfast’s Harbor Fest celebration, and a crowd of onlookers saw the car roll in and watched the recovery effort that followed.

Belfast police and fire crews arrived soon after. Firefighters wearing cold-water rescue suits entered the harbor and hooked a tow truck cable to the vehicle.

Cook said the car was out of the water within 45 minutes, and that there weren’t any noticeable fuel or oil leaks. Police say they don’t expect any charges.

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