Boater's 'worst nightmare' when pickup truck ends up submerged

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   April 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM

PICTON, New Zealand, April 26 (UPI) -- A visitor to a New Zealand bay snapped a photo of a boater's "worst nightmare" -- a pickup truck submerged after slipping on the boat ramp.

Steve Badham posted a photo to Facebook showing the truck submerged up to its roof Sunday next to a boat in Waikawa Bay, near Picton.

"He was just pulling his boat out when .... Drama at the ramp," Badham wrote in the post.

The Nelson resident said he snapped a picture of the scene when he returned from a fishing trip.

"I just saw it and I thought, 'oh no,'" Badham told The Marlborough Express. "It's your worst nightmare when you've got a boat for that to happen."

Badham said witnesses told him the truck, which was pulling the boat on a trailer, slipped on the boat ramp and ended up in the water when it jumped out of gear and was yanked downhill by the trailer.

Badham said a tow truck was summoned to pull the pickup out of the water, but the light was fading and the vehicle remained submerged when he left.

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