Van takes a dip pulling PWCs from sea

| 12/08/2020 | 9 Comments
Van pulled into the water off North Church Street

(CNS): A white Toyota Hiace ended up in the water on Sunday night after a failed attempt to pull two personal watercraft (PWC) out of the sea by the docking area on North Church Street. Police were called to the scene just after 7:30pm, where the van was sinking after it was dragged into the ocean by the weight of the PWCs.

No one was hurt and there was no visible oil spills but officers requested the assistance of the Department of Environment to assess the water for any pollutants. The vehicle was removed from the water and towed away.

Police urged owners to ensure that any vehicle being used to pull vessels from the water is actually capable of doing so. They further noted the importance of having tyres with ample tread to ensure that the vehicle has the necessary grip, and making sure that the emergency brakes are applied during the process and the driver who is launching or retrieving the watercraft has the experience to do so.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Is that one of those new Toyota Hitide vans?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Careful not to buy this van on ecay. It will rust to pieces in 6 months!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Watching people launch and recover boats on that ramp is pathetic comedy. They don’t use four wheel drive to pull the boat out. They use four wheel drive to pull the car/van attached to the trailer and boat out of the water.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Di bus can swim

    (if you haven’t heard of this, it was a meme in the Caribbean 10 years ago)

  5. Anonymous says:

    The van needed some washing

  6. Anonymous says:

    Atleast they are safe bruddah man

  7. Anonymous says:

    Anyone that uses this ramp is at risk of this. It has always been a slippy ramp. Just check out the green slimey/algae on it.
    I was pulling my boat out with 2 of my bff’s (all girls), while all the ‘dock boys’ (we all know who they are) standing around watching us as the tires struggled to gain purchase. No offer of assistance to help with weight as 2 of them stood on the tow hitch to finally pull it out.
    This incedent probably happened pretty fast..

    • Anonymous says:

      This ramp and most ramps around the island are not being properly maintained, boat ramps are not to be that slippery with moss and other things. If you don’t have four wheel drive you definitely taking a risk. GOV need to do their job and frequently maintain these ramps.

  8. Gray Matter says:

    Stupid is Stupid does.

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