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How not to retrieve a car from you harbour

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Aint Skeered, 10 Apr 2008.

  1. Aint Skeered

    Aint Skeered New Member

  2. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Is there another pic of a bigger crane pulling them both out?
    My first thought was what happened to the person operating the crane on the Merc?
     
  3. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK

    I hope, he merely got wet and felt a bit daft.:biggrin:

    Methinks someone hadn't taken account of the extra weight of water in the car, not to mention the principle of long levers...
     
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Can't see those pix at work. They must be porno or something.
     
  5. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Those trucks are very heavy but the chassis is very flexible, you can see the near side front tyre of the truck starting to lift as the chassis appears to be reaching the maximum twist.

    I've watched the emergency services repeatedly trying to lift a cement mixer that had crashed on its side and hampered by the same flexing.
     
  6. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Imagine a little Scottish village harbour. A car has gone off the edge into the water, a drop of 15-20 feet. A flat bed truck with a crane has been called and in the first pic the crane jib is horizontal, and the car lifted just clear of the water.

    In the second picture, the weight of the car, the water and the effect of a long lever (the crane jib) mean that the truck has tipped over the edge of the harbour and is just about to hit the water itself...

    I like the little dog looking on in the second pic!
     
  7. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    It's a Jack Russel, always first on the scene of any kind of mischief!
     
  8. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

    It must have been a fairly slow fall, as everyone standing between the crane and the water appear to have managed to get clear before it toppled.

    I like the man in the red jumper in the foreground with his face in his hands.

    Where did this take place, exactly?
     
  9. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    That wasn't the end of the story. I've seen this before and they then got another and bigger mobile crane which also toppled into the harbour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. Maz

    Maz Guru

    You should do talking books for the blind, Arch.
    Thanks for the description.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Aint Skeered

    Aint Skeered New Member

    And then the reinforcements arrived!
    ATT00007.jpg
     
  12. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    noooooo!

    I take it back about a Scottish village, and apologies for the lazy sterotype, but that has to be Ireland! Did they eventually leave them all in the water and open a cafe on the resulting new island?

    Cheers maz, btw, glad to be of service.

    Canrider, I think the chap in red is ducking away sideways isn't he? Sort of one arm up to protect his face?
     
  13. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Seen these pix before !
     
  14. red_tom

    red_tom New Member

    Location:
    East London
  15. red_tom

    red_tom New Member

    Location:
    East London
    Oh, and it was Ireland.

    End of Season:
    We have certainly have had our ups and downs in the village this year what with somebody falling off the village wall, thank god not killed, and then in the wee hours of Saturday morning, a car goes into the Harbour, with a young man at the wheel, the car landed upside down and if it was not for the vigilance Mary King who alerted Sean de Courcey, Sean fair play to him pulled this man out of the car, which was nearly totally submerged in the tide and pulled him to safety, what ever way you look at it, Sean saved his life, yet again another near fatal accident, and then I suppose on the slightly humorous side and to add insult to injury, a tow truck was called out to pull the car out, now get this, the truck fell in while trying to lift the car, no donít worry there was no one in it, it was remote controlled, but the machine was not heavier enough to lift the car out, therefore, a proper professional machine had to be called in, and the job was done, no loss of life, what was interesting the amount of people that came to have a look at this task you would think we had another social event going on .


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