Boat launch idiots!
It can be pretty easy for a tow vehicle to be pulled back in to the lake on a steep launch with a worn or faulty park brake, especially with an older tranny. At Olin Park (not even a steep launch) once, by myself, I failed to get the tranny in park completely...it was 1/2-shifted between park and reverse (rushing to get the boat in and get out of the way), as I stepped out of the cab to pull the boat out and tie off, the tranny popped into reverse, and the worn park brake allowed the truck to start backing in. I was fast enuf to get in and stop it, but talk about a heart stopper. I was stone sober, 6am or so, so I can easily see a drunk having 10x the problem.
I now am DELIBERATE about shifting to park and stomping on the park brake pedal to the floor.
I'd hate to see how that launch would have turned out on the Big Green launch, east side of the lake....steepest launch ramp I've ever used.
Lakeshiner, that's a good idea for sure - not to have the kids in the backseat when launching.
I've seen plenty of videos of recovering an underwater vehicle from launches, but I've never figured out how it actually happens. I'd like to know, because it's definitely something I'd like to avoid! I'm positive the owner had no intention of that happening, and sometimes things just happen too fast to recover from, but how does that happen?
x2 on the additional footage.
I bought a used boat earlier this year, having never owned, launched or loaded one before. I have had it in the water 4 times now, twice on lakes and twice on the Mississippi. I have not found it to be a difficult thing, mostly just preparation and common sense. Of course it probably helps to be sober, too. Those guys looked to lack all three. Lol.
I don't know if you knew how plowed they were when they made their first attempt to pull the boat out with it clearly outside of the wheel wells but it would have been priceless if you would have just let them do it.
I hope you post more footage of that circus.