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Man, Boy, Dog Survive After SUV Plunges Off Santa Cruz Wharf

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Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and Boardwalk (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and Boardwalk (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) – A man, a teen boy and a dog escaped from a flooded SUV Monday after the vehicle accidentally drove off the Santa Cruz Wharf and into Santa Cruz Bay, authorities said.

The man and his 16-year-old son were with their dog inside a Toyota 4Runner parked on the wharf shortly before 10:30 a.m. when their vehicle plowed through a wooden fence, a Santa Cruz Police Department dispatcher said.

The SUV tumbled into the seawater on the Boardwalk side of the wharf and was completely submerged when it landed near some kayaks stored beneath it, the dispatcher said.

The two people and the dog were able to get out of the SUV and swim to Santa Cruz Beach a short distance away, the dispatcher said.

No one was reported injured and police made no arrests in the accident, the dispatcher said.

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