Flood waters claim the life of Paducah man

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - Flood waters have claimed the life of a Paducah man.

Orman R. Sholar, 90 of Paducah attempted to cross a flooded road on March 20, 2011 after driving past a road closed sign near the 5600 block of Noble road, according to McCracken Co. Deputy Sarah Preston.

Police say Sholar was driving a 2009 Buick Lucerne westbound when his vehicle began to go off the roadway.

Witnesses, Laurie and Darren Sullenger stated that it appeared that Sholar could not see where the road was and began to drive off the edge, said Preston.

That area of Noble Rd. has a large ditch to the right approximately 12 foot deep, according to Preston.
Police say the Sullenger's attempted to rescue Sholar from the vehicle but the temperature of the water made it difficult to swim.
Deputy David Knight and Deputy Dwayne Pickett with McCracken County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene as the vehicle began to sink.
Deputy Knight also attempted to rescue Sholar and was in the water approximately 30 minutes, said police. He was assisted by Sgt. Michael Wray with the Sheriff's department, who was also in the water for 30 minutes, Randy Harris with Mercy and Guy Smith with West McCracken Fire Department. 
As a precaution Wray, Knight, and the Sullengers were transported to Western Baptist Hospital for treatment of Hypothermia. All were later released, according to police.
Police say due to the depth of the vehicle and the water temperature Sholar was not able to be rescued.
Don English, Captain of the Rescue Dive team recovered the body. The captain was assisted by Rescue, Mercy EMS and various other volunteers.
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