Kasilof consumes car: Observer gives firsthand account; no injuries were reported

Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009

Dipnetters at the mouth of the Kasilof River sprang into action on Thursday afternoon to help one of their own, but not in time to keep a pickup truck mired in the mud on the north side of the river from being swamped by the incoming tide.

Photo Courtesy Of Betty Daggett
Photo Courtesy Of Betty Daggett
A few inches of cab are all that remained from a pickup truck that got swamped at the mouth of the Kasilof River on Thursday. After it was claimed by the salty water, dipnetting resumed for those on shore.

"The guy was backing down at low tide to launch a boat from a trailer. He paused and looked at it, but then backed down further and got stuck," said Betty Daggett, of Kenai, who watched the whole event from start to finish, and popped off a few pictures as well.

At low tide, there is more mud than sand down low nearest to where the water will return, and once the gray-and-red-colored truck backed into this slick section, the driver immediately knew he was in trouble, Daggett said.

"He began spinning his tires, but wasn't moving at all," she said.

The tide was coming in quickly and others in the drivers party, along with a few fishermen from shore, began pushing the vehicle in an attempt to get it rocking and break it free, but their efforts were futile.

The water came in first up to the tires, then to the doors and eventually over the cab.

"They were able to get the boat and trailer off and muscle them to shore, but the truck went under completely," Daggett said.

The distraught driver began calling his insurance company and attempting to arrange for a tow truck to pull the vehicle out at the next low tide, she added.

Joseph Robertia can be reached at joseph.robertia@peninsulaclarion.com.

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