Allen Sprunger, of Berne, was unloading his boat from the trailer while his fishing partner Roy Thorton, also of Berne, was operating the 2008 Chevy truck. Indiana Conservation Officers say the truck slowly slid down the ramp and into the lake.
Thorton told Indiana Conservation Officers, “The boat slid from the trailer he put the truck into drive and gave it gas where the rear tires started to slip!”
Sprunger docked his boat and came to the truck to try his luck but to no avail. As he applied gas, the truck slowly slid down the ramp and into the lake. It finally came to a stop with most of the engine still out of the water.
Both individuals were uninjured however they were checked by emergency personnel on the scene.
Conservation Officers want to remind the public that the wet surfaces and possible build up of algae on concrete ramps can cause these types of incidents.
“Additional advice is to never back down so far that your rear tires are submerged within the water and 4-wheel drive is always a plus for added traction,” said Corey Norrod, of the DNR.