Skip to comments.Getting SUV stuck in Oceano Dunes creek wasn’t the worst thing that happened to this driver
Posted on 01/11/2017 12:59:33 PM PST by Vendome
Monday went from bad to worse for two visitors at the Oceano Dunes when their SUV got stuck nearly up to its roof in Arroyo Grande Creek, and they ended up getting arrested once they made it to safety
A video taken by KSBY reporter Megan Abundis shows the vehicle almost completely submerged in the creek. Two surfers who saw the vehicle in distress rushed in and helped the two occupants and a dog to safety.
VIDEO AT LINK
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Bravo to the surfers who went to the rescue.
They had a Bad Here Day.....................
I can’t imagine the future electrical problems they will have.
Does not look drivable as claimed in the article.
You have to be drunk to try.
I drive my brand new car into Lake Ten Killer 25 years ago.
Well, it wasn’t exactly like that.
It had rained something awesome for days and I was driving by, it occurred to me the fish would nearer the shore looking for bait fish.
So, I drove my car through a field and then all of a sudden it wouldn’t move anymore.
Irritated, I opened the door and found I was in 1.5 feet of water.
Called a friend who had a tow truck and he pulled me out.
Told me I was screwed, as water was probably in the crank and engine.
I laughed and asked if was really a tow truck driver, as I seems he didn’t know much about automotive engineering.
I informed him the only water was in the engine was if the water came in through the carb, or somehow crawled up the manifold, through the exhaust.
So, got it home, sent it through the car wash and carefully washed the engine compartment and all under the car.
I then pulled the seats and carpet. Took the carpet down to the car wash and sprayed it clean, then I dropped two fans in front of the carpet as it lay on the porch to dry it.
While the carpet was out I carefully cleaned inside the car, including in the runners on of the door jamb, to ensure that area was pristine.
Since I was there I took time to install a new stereo and a kill switch that disabled the ignition with a hidden switch.
After it was all dry, I put it back together and it never smelled nor had any problems for 200k miles, until I sold it.
This SUV is FUBAR though as the water was nearly you the roof , which enabled water to inundate the engine and the entire cabin.
Two surfers rescued the people stuck in the creek? What kind of creek is this that it has surfers and a beachfront and all? Or do Californians not know what a creek is? Shouldn’t the correct term be lake or oceanfront?
I have driven it many times and even camped on the beach when I was assigned at Vandenberg AFB. The beaches are flat and have little slope. Pick your spot camping carefully, the tide line moves in about 150 feet at high tide. To me it looks more like the tide came in after they were stuck.
Surfers be all, like, “duuuude, time to bail.”
The creek empties into the Pacific across the beach, which is very saturated. So much so that this SUV sunk up past the door handles.
I was thinking with all the electronics like power windows, computers, GPS etc. that didn’t exist 25 years ago with salt water to boot they are out of luck. I always figured that you could drain the water out of the engine and transmission, change the oil and start it up quick to dry it out on an old car you would still be OK. I read an old car magazine where somebody did that with a 60’s Cadillac whose front end was submerged at a car show. They were able to drive the car home but the magazine didn’t know the long term impact.
I don’t think you could get a car of recent vintage started because all of the electronics. As you note with it up to the roof I am sure it is totaled.
You would have to soak everything going in alcohol to displace the water.
To expensive to remove each an every part
Water in the engine/transmission isn’t the problem. The problem is the dirt and sand IN the water that is the problem.
Or do Californians not know what a creek is?Apparently it's too complicated for Texans to understand that creeks and rivers run into the ocean in California...It's more fun to pretend Californians are the stupid ones.
After the war when things got a little more favorable on the farm, Dad bought a Massey-Harris 26 combine. It had a 4 cylinder Continental engine sitting low underneath. My oldest brother operated it for a few years. Then when he went off to school, the job went to brother #2.
Either his first or second year, the wheat was ripe & it was time to harvest. The engine would not turn over. Solution: Hook the tractor to it and tow start it. The engine would not turn over. My brother decided to look farther & removed a spark plug. The cylinder was full of water. He removed all the plugs & we towed it a bunch to get the water out of the cylinders. I suspect he changed the oil, but we did the harvest with it that year and maybe one more, but it eventually started to use oil and Dad had the engine rebuilt.
What had happened was that the flap on the vertical exhaust pipe had rusted off, allowing snow & rain to flow into the engine all Fall, Winter & Spring. After that we put a tin can on top of the exhaust pipe.
“It’s more fun to pretend Californians are the stupid ones.”
I live in NV. I don’t have to pretend. Buncha brain dead CA types got stuck in the pass a couple days ago. Here’s a hint. If the Interstate is snowed in, the don’t take your sedan down a dirt road, past the “road impassable” signs.
One day i decided to get a cheap thrill so i took my volvo station wagon to pismo. i drove down the beach a couple of miles using the narrow wet sand ribbon and parked by the 4x4 dunes. after watching the show for a while, i backed the car out towards the dunes, intending to perform a Y turn and go back the way i came. however, the rear wheels got stuck in the dry sand and all i could do with the gas pedal is dig deeper. a 10yo in an ATV came by and told me he would pull me out with a chain that he happened to have for $10. I took the offer. he pulled me out and i was wiser and $10 poorer.
next time on that beach, if there ever is a next time, i will take my EB or my highboy...
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