The Arctic Trucks Ford F-150 emergency occurred on Victoria Island (Arctic archipelago). There, during a special expedition, the ice under the car suddenly broke and the AT44 transport truck based on the F-150 went to the bottom in Cambridge Bay. Luckily, the car was empty at the time and no one was hurt. It is noteworthy that the company Arctic Trucks just specializes in the production of vehicles designed to work in particularly extreme weather conditions. Whether this expedition was part of the strength testing of the car, the company did not say. But despite the impressive depth of 15.2 meters, Arctic Trucks decided to conduct a "rescue operation" and get the sunken car from the bottom of the ocean.
To "rescue" the car, specialists from Transglobal Car Expedition were involved, who, in turn, enlisted the support of the federal and local authorities of Canada. The first search was carried out by two search boats with equipment to find where the sunken Ford F-150 could be carried by the current. As a result, it turned out that the car practically did not move and lies upside down near the crash site. A group of divers descended to attach cables with special pneumatic bags to the drowned car, which will help to tow the car in shallow water. And already from shallow water to raise it to land with the help of a helicopter.
The "rescue operation" ended in the village of Gjoa Haven in Nunavut, where the drowned car was eventually delivered. As a result of the incident, the Ford F-150 was left without a car wheel and all electronic control units were damaged. It was also possible to "save" the personal belongings of the expedition members, equipment and documents.
Although the Ford F-150 was originally taken out of the water to "not litter" the environment, this car was subsequently successfully restored, as Arctic Trucks reported on their Facebook page.
We hope this incident will be the first and last in the history of Arctic Trucks. And for drivers who prefer driving on extreme tracks, this event should be another reminder that care and safety should always come first.