Firefighters in Sangamon County, Illinois rescued a relatively new GMC Sierra HD pickup from a shallow part of Lake Springfield last week after the vehicle slipped down a boat ramp and sunk.
According to local ABC affiliate ABC20, the owner of the white GMC Sierra HD was backing a boat into Lake Springfield on the Spaulding Dam boat launch last Thursday when the truck began sliding down the ramp.
The Sangamon County Rescue Squad said no one was in the GMC Sierra HD when it began sliding down the boat ramp and no injuries were reported as a result of this rather unfortunate mishap.
“Last night, SCRS responded to Spaulding Dam boat launch at Lake Springfield to assist with the recovery of a submerged vehicle,” the rescue team said in a post shared to its Facebook page last Friday. “No injuries were reported with this incident.”
Boat ramp follies such as this are all-too-common among skippers, but they can be avoided. In an ideal scenario, someone will be behind the wheel of the tow vehicle the entire time the boat is being launched into the water. If the driver does have to get out, they should always put the vehicle in park and activate the handbrake/emergency brake. If the ramp is slippery from algae accumulation, the vehicle owner can use wheel chocks to prevent the tires from slipping down the ramp. Knobby off-road tires are also prone to slipping down ramps as they have a smaller contact patch than regular all-seasons, giving them less grip on concrete or pavement.
Check out this rather humorous (yet sad) clip embedded just below.