Man dead after driving into the Fox River

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A man who was pulled from the Fox River Wednesday morning has died, police say.

The man, who has not been identified, drove his vehicle into the water at the Green Bay Metro Boat Launch.

He was pulled from the water and taken to a hospital. Police say the man has passed away.

At about 8:22 a.m., a vehicle went into the river from the Boat Launch on Bay Beach Road. The car came at the water at a high rate of speed.

A man who was launching his boat at the time of the crash called 911.

"I happened to notice the car drive up, and he was just kind of sitting there and all of a sudden the engine just started racing and he went barreling into the water," said Russ Ganter of Green Bay.

Divers began their search and located the vehicle and one person in the water.

"The car was approximately 30 feet off shore, 20 feet down in the water. So one, divers go down in the water, give or take, six to 12 inches," says Capt. Kevin Warych, Green Bay Police Dept. "They’ve lost visibility so it’s based on feel and they were able to connect that vehicle to a wrecker and that wrecker pulled the vehicle out."

"When the car launched, it actually made it about half way to the docks, past the second cement poles and then it just kind of floated out and it just sank instantly," said Ganter.

Police are still investigating what caused the man to drive into the water.

Police are asking anyone with additional information to call them at 920-448-3200.