Everything Goes So Very Wrong In This Attempted Truck Rescue

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If any of you are planning a traditional two-crane-truck-in-a-highly-precarious-spot holiday truck rescue with your family, I highly encourage you to watch this little video so you don’t become another holiday truck rescue disaster statistic. Just so we’re all up front here, nothing works out as planned in this video, though it doesn’t appear anyone was seriously hurt, somehow.

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Here it is, in all its non-glory:

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The poster of the video doesn’t give much information about where this was shot, though it looks to be a precarious mountain road not unlike the famously terrifying Yungas Road in Bolivia. It looks more arid, though?

Any situation requiring two coordinated cranes on an area that limited has to be extraordinarily difficult, and the physics is likely more complex than you’d initially think.

I know it’s surprising, but despite what it says on my LinkedIn profile, I’m not an expert on large-scale crane rescue, though it seems many commenters on the video certainly are, which is reassuring.

(via our pals at Boing Boing)

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I have a crane story of my own.

I was in the Navy a long time ago, and one of my systems relied on a large pump to move seawater through a heat exchanger for cooling. Well, the pump failed and was craned off the boat from the foc’sle (short for forecastle, otherwise know as pointy end of the ship). They swung the new one into position and began to lower it and just before it touched down on deck, the crane tipped.

The crane tipping over on the boat was bad enough, but a happy little anti-submarine rocket launcher (ASROC) lived right where the crane decided to come down. The boom of the crane crushed some wiring and that caused the launcher to power up. That’s when things got interesting. See, 8 happy little rockets live in that launcher, and some of them may or may not have been happy little nuclear tipped rockets for killing Soviet subs (back then that was still a thing). Oh by the way, we were moored bow in with the launcher basically pointing into National City, California. Some might argue that had a nuke shot out of the launcher and landing in National City would have been an improvement but I don’t think the Captain wanted to kick off the Navy’s first urban development project.

In the end, the launcher wouldn’t turn off from the control panel, so they had to cut power to it. No further excitement was had. Turns out the crane operator hadn’t extended the stabilizing pads and had simply gotten lucky the crane didn’t fall over when he lifted the failed pump off. I wonder whatever happened to him.