(Photo by Sidney/North Saanich RCMP)

On Thursday, a red pickup truck and attached trailer made a big splash during a routine servicing of an RCMP boat on Thursday.

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP say that the truck slipped off the Tulista boat ramp in Sidney’s Lochside Waterfront Park while towing out a police boat around noon.

“Luckily, no one was hurt,” Cpl. Chris Manseau of the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP told Victoria Buzz.

While there were no injuries, one witness later said that they were in nearby Tim Hortons when one of the officers from the recovery site walked in, soaked from head to toe.

“Some people got wet. Some people got a little wetter,” said Manseau.

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Police aren’t exactly sure how the truck and trailer ended up in the water, but the RCMP boat remained intact and undamaged during the mishap.  

The recovery of the vehicle involved several divers who hooked up the truck to a vehicle waiting on dry land.

The divers used a cable to attach it to a tow truck which was then able to drag the vehicle out of the freezing, murky waters.

The truck is currently drying out and its final fate is yet to be determined.

“[It’s] up to the insurance company now,” said Manseau.

The rigid-hulled inflatable boat made its way to Sidney from the Outer Gulf Islands RCMP for routine maintenance.

Check out these photos of the incident:

(Photo by Sidney/North Saanich RCMP)
(Photo by Sidney/North Saanich RCMP)
(Photo by Sidney/North Saanich RCMP)


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