Truck salvaged from under the ice

Week of January 2008

Bear Island, Lake Temagami

Photos by Linda Mathias

Captions by Holly Charyna

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Photo: truck salvage from under ice of Lake Temagami, Jan. 2008

January 29, 2008 George Mathias of Bear Island led a crew that salvaged a three-quarter-ton truck that went through the ice on January 11.

After waiting for the ice to thicken, it took a week for Mathias to set up the winching system. On Saturday, January 26 it was raised.

The truck, owned by the Temagami First Nation, was clearing an ice road on the west side of Bear Island to Northview Bay. The driver had already made several passes when the truck hung up in the snow on the edge of the road.

Unable to get the door open, the driver climbed out the window.

For Mathias', the master of the art, this is his eighth vehicle salvage over several decades, but the first for one from Bear Island. Normally vehicles that get into trouble do not belong to local residents.

A diver was hired to hitch a cable to the truck. The tripod was erected on the thicker ice under the road, and the truck had to be pulled 50 feet underwater before it could be raised.

Being an unusual event, a crowd gathered to watch. 

    

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