How to pull a van out of a frozen lake

May 7, 2017 7:26 pm Last Updated: May 7, 2017 7:26 pm

Apparently, with just some ropes and beams, this team of Russians were able to pull a completely submerged car out from a frozen lake.

Let’s look at the mechanics:

The team attached a rope to the rear end of the Honda, and tied it down to a wooden log dozens of yards away.

They bracket the edge of the ice, where the car would be pulled out on, with a set of beams that effectiely act as a sled to reduce friction once the car is up out of the water.

Judging by the looks of the car (possibly a Honda 2002 CR-V LX), they’re dealing with 3,200–4,500 pounds when you account for the frozen water that might be lodged inside the car.

In order for the tension of the ropes to support that weight, they’re wrapping it around the anchor beams rather than straining any one person by pulling too hard. A long beam is used as a torsional handle, the same way a ratchet works.

They have about a dozen people working together here.

Once the vehicle is pulled out of the water, they have to get it onto the sled quickly to prevent the heavy car from sinking back into the water. The makeshift sled helps spread out the weight more evenly over the surface of the ice, preventing it from cracking and letting the car slip through once again.

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