Dodge Pickup 32 Feet Under
April 30, 2006
Towing Experts > Dodge Pickup 32 Feet Under
Friday, I received a call that a pickup had gone down a boat ramp and out in the lake. We collected the gear and equipment we would need as well as contacting diver Darryl Miller. The driver had a pretty good location on where the truck went down. We attempted to drag hook the truck but were unsuccessful so I sent the diver in. This was strictly a search by feel as the water was too dark and murky to see anything. After a while, I decided we were wasting our time and pulled the diver. The owner of the truck brought in a fish locator and found the possible location of the truck inside the left buoy. Being late in the day and bad weather moving in, we decided to do the recovery the following day. Saturday, I started dragging the possible location but could not hook the truck. I had fishing guide Bob Smith to run his graph and underwater camera over the area. Due to the almost 0 visibility we could not see much with the camera but did find the truck. The graph showed the truck to be lying on the driver’s side and located a little further outside the buoy. I set float lines beside the truck and we got the diver ready to go. The diver had communication equipment making the diving process considerably easier since he could not see his hand in front of his face. The diver determined that the truck was setting on a steep slope front facing down river and buried up on the bumper in mud. There was a large boulder close to the front right wheel/door area and my float line was next to the driver’s door. The rock and the steepness of the slope was the reason it appeared to be on its side. The rear of the truck was setting on top the mud. The truck was 145 feet from the ramp in 32 feet of water and approx a 45-degree angle to the ramp, up river from the ramp. We attached a rope line from the truck to the dock. There were several ledges and rock outcroppings as well as being a steep slope back to the ramp. From the shoreline straight out to the buoys was about 50 feet with a 32 foot drop. We started laying out our rigging for winching when the diver became dizzy and sick. We decide to stop and return Sunday. Sunday, we hooked up a 100-foot wire rope to the truck’s left rear spring hangar. This location was chosen because I needed to get the truck to slide down river at the same time it was coming in so that it would line up with the narrow ramp between the two docks. We made the first 45-foot pull then had to remove the 100-foot wire rope and hook the winch line to the truck. After a short pull we had to re-rig again. The truck was winched up to the dock in line with the ramp. Even then it was still pointing down at a steep angle. We then rigged up the other winch line to the right spring hangar to give me more control of the truck, as I had to raise it high to bring it up over a ledge just off the docks. At this point I need to move the wrecker forward about 20 feet to complete the pull. I could not get the truck to set in place due to the steep slope so we secured with another truck till I could reset and complete the recovery.
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