Most people would go to a river for the environment. Most people would go to a car wash for, well, a car wash. And there are some people who have decided to combine the two.
While a man took his four family members on a trip, he decided to drive over a dam to let the rushing water wash his car. However, the vehicle was dragged down the dam, and the family needed to call for a rescue, according to ChinaNews.
Fortunately, everyone was rescued without injury.
The man, surnamed Zhong, took his family out for an activity on June 22 in the city of Lishui in Zhejiang Province, China. He felt that it would be convenient to wash his car with the rushing river water, but instead got his family into a dangerous situation.
“It was too dangerous!” Zhong told ChinaNews. “Thank goodness the fire department came to rescue us.”
Car Wash Turns Into Car Rescue
Zhong went out with his family, but the individuals were not identified specifically. There were two men, two women, and one child under the age of 3 in the car.
In the morning, Zhong planned to drive his family to go pick watermelons in Taiping Village. Zhong found, however, that his car was quite dirty.
While on the road, he thought it would be a good idea to drive the car over a 164 feet (50 meter) long dam. He intended for the flowing water as a wash.
The shallow water flowed over the gentle slope of the damn, but it came at a fast pace.
“As the car was driving alone the dam, I felt the rush of the water was getting strong, and within seconds, the rushing water turned the car 90 degrees,” Zhong told ChinaNews.
Zhong grabbed onto the steering wheel in an attempt to control the car, but the water was too strong. Then as the water was dragging the car, the engine stalled.
Fortunately, the car stopped without being dragged further, but the family was not confident in getting out of the vehicle into the rushing water. They then called the fire department for help.
Firefighters connected a long rope to the steering wheel of the car, then to a tree on the shore. The family was slowly walked across the rushing water, all to safety.
The entire rescue took about 40 minutes.