Boat and Truck Submerged at Boat Ramp

Witnesses tell WITN a boater attempting to get his boat out of the water Saturday afternoon at the Clark's Neck boat ramp in Beaufort county managed to submerge both his boat and truck.

Witnesses say the man says he put his truck in park and was trying to get his boat out of the water, when the truck began to go backward and both the boat and truck submerged under water.

The witnesses said the driver was able to escape his vehicle unharmed.

Both ramps were closed down for a hour according to Witnesses, while tow trucks were called in to help. Which led to a backup because people were unable to get their boats out of the water.

One ramp was reopened after an hour, while the others was closed down for hours.

By around 7pm both the truck and boat were pulled out.

The picture above was provided by Lisa Respess of Washington.

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  • by MINDY on May 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    Not sure about that Mark, I have a feeling he was probably using an older two wheel drive. The few times that I did use that area I did'nt find the slope to be too high, it was actually one of the easier ones to use. Probably just mechanical failure and it could not handled the weight.
  • by Mark Location: Washington on May 19, 2010 at 01:06 PM
    The angle of that ramp is to sharp.There have been other trucks put in the water there that were not 4 wheel. The state should fix it(the angle) so that the back end of the boats dont under when on the trailor. or put slats in the cement to hold the tires better.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on May 19, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    Tsk tak... such ignorance on BOTH sides (relating to comments, not the incident)
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2010 at 04:44 AM
    What all the southern people care about is their stupid flag, if the their rebel flag was the thing under water then they wouldn't be cracking any jokes, but a persons TRUCK doesn't matter to them!
  • by THE NY YANKEE Location: NEW YORK on May 18, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    First let me say that the driver you very rude Southerners are making foul comments about has been a friend of mine and my family for twenty years . Some of you claim that us "YANKEES" are the foul ones yet there has not been a foul word from a YANKEE GOD FEARING PEOPLE ???? YAH RIGHT No one was injured and the Good people of the south and the YANKEES did what was right and helped my friend . He is a very experienced boater and we are grateul he is fine. Thanks to all the good people of NC and whatever to the rest The NEW YORK YANKEE
  • by Truth Location: Reality on May 18, 2010 at 02:31 PM
    LMAO. Mindy... that's funny. "get something nice and decent"--insinuating that they didn't have something of the sort to start with AND "I normally get my yard people to do it for me." Nice touch. haha. Either you're good at doing this intentionally as a joke... or you're clueless and it just comes naturally--you just can't help it.
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2010 at 01:23 PM
    I read these comments and can't believe that people have to bring up the north and the south. We are all one,U.S.A. Southerners please remember the civil war is over. To those who can't let the civil war be over all I can say is---- Damn Yankee and Damn Proud of It
  • by MINDY on May 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    Well, I do apologize if it seemed that I threw my new waterfront home and boats in everyone's face. It was not my intent by no means. It's just that I remember the days of launching my boat and I always had a tendency to forget to put on my parking brake. Sad but true. It was only a matter of time before this same thing happened to me. It happens. Now this person can look on the bright side, they can get them a new truck. It looks like they may have needed one anyway since it failed mechanically. Hopefully the truck was not new (probably was not since it failed!) Now they can get something nice and decent to pull the boat. They have more guts than I do to launch it, if any of my boats have to come up, I normally get my yard people to do it for me. I just cannot get myself to do it. Good luck to the people this happened too.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on May 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    Mindy: I'm glad that you are enjoying your place on the water. However, (this is constructive criticism, not trying to bash you in any way) your post does come off as being more boastful than it does you simply stating that you worried about the same thing happening to you. Throwing in the comment about purchasing a third boat certainly does not help your case. From a public eye, you have one sentence stating your previous boat-launching fears. Everything else in your first post, and much in your others, is about how much you love your new place. Presentation, however, is everything and you seemed to come off as throwing it in the face of others. That being said, I'm glad you have been fortunate enough & worked hard enough to be able to purchase a waterfront home and 3 boats and hope you continue to enjoy all of them.
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    Notice the people that helped this poor man (Couple from Winterville) were from New York, shows who helped and who didnt help. And its sad that only the SOUTHERN people are writing stuff about the Northern people notice how us northerners are not speaking rudly about the Southeners.... i think you speak for yourself, southerners are the rude people. And for the person that wrote if you are scared to put a boat over then obviously you shouldn't have a boat at all! you have more money then sense!! got to be a typical yankee. go back!!! That doesnt even make sense, but once again the southerners are talking crap again.

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