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Old 05-26-2009, 12:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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UNFORTUNATELY SWAMPED MY 2007 LIFTED, TRAIL MODIFIED FJ CRUISER (with fairly new BFG KM2 33s) IN FIRST FORDYCE CREEK CROSSING BECAUSE THE DAM LET ALL THE WATER GO EARLY.. NOT LONG BEFORE I WENT THROUGH; WATER LEVEL WAS LOWER EARLIER. HAD TO HAVE MYSELF AND FAMILY OF SIX - SEVEN INCLUDING THE DOG - AIRLIFTED FROM THE ROOF OF THE FJ BY CHP RESCUE.

Was able to get the FJ closer to shore w/ helps of CHP Rescue Team and some kind 4x4s in the area. CHP Rescue Team called mission quits when thunder storm and darkness moved in.

I need a pair of vehicles to drive me in, finish pulling the FJ out, and - possibly - towing it if the engine won't start. Thanks.

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With all the warnings on the posts, why would you try is with your family on board . Not a good idea. You put your family in danger and trail. I'm glad you and your family made it out saftly, Good luck>
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With all the warnings on the posts, why would you try is with your family on board . Not a good idea. You put your family in danger and trail. I'm glad you and your family made it out saftly, Good luck>
I was thinking the same thing
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sounds to me kind of like ya deserve to be sunk if your wheeling up there this time of year on 33"s and expect to beable to do a river crossing! think befor you drive next time and lucky you all made it out of there alive!!

heck the flow has only been that high for how long now? oh wait you could have checked it here!

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We can give the guy a break now. Some people don't know what's going on there as well as others. I'm glad you're ok.

I'll give you a call a little later to discuss your options. I'm at work right now so it may be tonight. A local club may be able to help. The other option is a 4x4 tow service that works in the area.

Is the vehicle at least close to the correct shore?
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I talked to the guy early this morning and asked him what is was worth to him for me to travel up there ,recover his rig,etc.......His response, "I can do it for free myself"........so I say...get-er-done
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Call Gieco and get their towing coverage. They should take care of you after that.
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SWAMPED MY LIFTED, 33" TIRE FJ CRUISER AT FIRST FORDYCE CREEK CROSSING BECAUSE THE DAM LET ALL THE WATER GO NOT LONG BEFORE I WENT THROUGH; WATER LEVEL WAS LOWER EARLIER. HAD TO HAVE MYSELF AND FAMILY AIRLIFTED FROM THE ROOF OF THE FJ BY CHP RESCUE.

Was able to get the FJ closer to shore w/ helps of CHP Rescue Team and some kind 4x4s in the area. CHP Rescue Team called mission quits when thunder storm and darkness moved in.

I need a pair of vehicles to drive me in, finish pulling the FJ out, and - possibly - towing it if the engine won't start. PLEASE HELP.

Call Adam @ 916-293-8171 ASAP... ANYTIME OF DAY. I want to get my rig out of there as quickly as possible. Thanks.

Bummer, as I was just up there. You got several issue to figure out even if it does start. Everything that sat under water over night will be full of water like your diffs and transmission/transfer case/ engine/ etc. Towing it out is not good on either rig. Plus your junk will get beat up as you can't steer for chit when its not running. Just fuel cost will be a couple tank fulls.

As I was leaving around 4pm or so, the sheriff came in like a bat out of hell wonder now if that was for you?

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P.S. I was going to just hang out there waiting for some chit to happen, but we went off to another area and camp and just enjoyed the nice weather.
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Good to hear that everybody is alright but DAMN somebody better add some chlorine to the gene pool!!
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Has anyone heard anything yet.. reguardless of what who did, are we " as fellow wheelers" able to help this guy out. Dont flame me Iam just wondering..
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So when does Maritime Salvage Law apply???
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pretty soon if he dosnt post back up with an update. if it isnt in the proscess of being salvaged already! i just want to see some pictures of this!
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Does this guy get to reimburse the tax payers of California for the helicopter ride?
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Thanks go out to Justin of North Elk Grove who worked with me today to pull the FJ out of the river and to safety.

Unfortunately, there is more water in the engine than oil. I'll need to tow it out, and I believe Eric from the Rubicon Forum has offered to take care of that.

Thanks folks! I really appreciate the efforts!

(So do the local Sheriffs Deputies and CHP Aerial Rescue Team, who have been keeping close tabs on the situation.)

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just curious and might not be a good question.... but do you have any pictures of it in the river?

p.s. glad everyone was ok.
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I was just gonna ask if anyone has pics. glad everyone is ok
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who have been keeping close tabs on the situation.
Is this some sort of billy badass scare tactic??
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just curious and might not be a good question.... but do you have any pictures of it in the river?

p.s. glad everyone was ok.
Camera was in the FJ, in the water; no pics from that camera. But the CHP Rescue Team has pics and a video they will send to me on a disk. Those guys did one hell of a job airlifting all six of us and our dog from the roof to the helicopter skids.

I'd made the swim to shore (before the CHP came) with my winch cable to tie off and prevent further downstream movement. Stayed in the water - tied with my tow strap to the FJ - one half hour working to get the winch going; no luck... too much water. When I got out with blue lips/face, wife called 911 on the cell phone. CHP Rescue showed up about an hour later.

The river volume increased between the time of safe crossings just a few hours before (people were crossing back and forth all day) to our late (i.e., 4:00pm) crossing. I thought the others were still around, and they were... just behind us too far. CHP said the dam had to release extra flow earlier than planned due to overfill. We were the "beneficiaries" of that decision.

I stopped mid river while still on solid bottom to check depth, it was deep but seemed doable on the line I was running. Nevertheless, as we proceeded, the extra four-six inches of flow lifted the FJ off the bottom a few feet later and dumped me in a hole. Sometimes luck bites you in the ass.

Then the CHP Aerial Rescue Team comes and luck pats you on the back. (BTW, been laid off for five months trying to find a job in my field; money has been more than tight... losing your home sucks too. CHP explained that the rescue team is paid for by our car registration fees. Thank Heavens!)
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Is this some sort of billy badass scare tactic??
No. Just the facts. Sheriff's deputy from last night met us at the bottom today after we pulled the FJ out for an update. He said the CHP Helicopter had been flying the area. *shrugs*

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