The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department is crediting a recently purchased dive boat with helping rescue a man in a gravel pit near Leesburg on Sunday night.
Deputies were called to the secluded pit, which includes a large body of water surrounded by trees and other foliage, about 8:40 p.m.
Deputies and dive-team members found the 40-year-old man unconscious on a concealed bank of the water about 10 p.m. He was taken to an area hospital in serious condition after an apparent overdose, according to a statement issued by the sheriff's department.
It said officers used a portable thermal imager on the dive boat to help locate the man in the remote area.
The department recently bought the boat and a bottom-imaging sonar unit using donations from the public.
The fundraising project was initiated by a donation from the family of Raymond Leroy Barker Jr., who drowned last year on Aug. 7 while fishing on Wyland Lake in Kosciusko County.