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Man Sinks Off Road Vehicle in Frozen Pond, Then Sinks Backhoe Trying to Fish It Out

One Madison man made a string of mistakes for which he'll be paying for years. The mistake started when he and a friend took his Chevy Silverado for a spin on an ice field.

His second mistake was his hastiness in trying to correct his first mistake. He is lucky no one was hurt, but just thinking about the repair bills are enough to make you cringe.

The unnamed man from Western Illinois was out joy riding in his Silverado with his friend. The car owner was in the passenger seat and his friend was driving late one night, when they came across what they thought was a frozen field.

They decided to drive around on it and have a little fun.

They drove around a while and were heading back to the road when the ice beneath them gave way. Regretfully, it wasn't a frozen field; it was a frozen lake they had been driving around on.

The two men made it out okay, but the Silverado ended up in a pond seven or eight feet beneath the surface of the water.

“It’s permafrost,” the property owner told Fox News. “It was frozen hard enough that it held him up for a while then it just collapsed in, which what I’d expect him to do.”

The car owner was desperate to get out his truck, so he and his friend went and rented a backhoe. In hindsight, this was yet another disaster waiting to happen, but for some reason the men didn’t consider the potential danger when they rented the vehicle.

They took the backhoe back to the pond and began trying to pull out the Silverado, only for more ice to give way. This time, the Backhoe sank deep into the ice and mud, where it froze and got stuck.

No one could be found willing to risk more damage by attempting to tow either of the vehicles. Both vehicles had to sit where they were until spring thaw. By then, the repair costs for the truck and rented backhoe were unimaginable.

The owner of the property was frustrated that the two men were driving around on his property, particularly on his pond, without permission. Illegal four-wheeling can cause accidents or rollovers, and people can get seriously hurt.

The property owner notes that a few years ago, 13 vehicles were impounded for illegal four-wheeling on his property.

Driving on the lake in winter time is particularly dangerous, though. Not a lot of people go through the area. If a car goes down or a driver gets stuck in freezing water, there many not be anyone around to help him for hours, or days.

"When the lake goes dry in the winter, it's just a lot of temptation for guys to think that they can go four-wheeling," said the property owner. "This is the worst I've ever seen out here. Nobody's usually dumb enough to try to go out on the lake, and they did."

The owner of the car and his friend could have been cited for trespassing, but that’s really the least of the guy’s worries. The biggest concern now is getting out the vehicles and tallying up the repair costs.

Source: Auto Blog]
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