Sunday, 23. November 2014
23. 06. 14. - 15:00
A silly trucker in Russia turned his lorry into a riverboat after managing to lose control of it on the banks of the country's mightiest waterway.
The truck driver managed to scramble from his cab as the lorry roared into the Volga, the longest river in the country, and swim for the shore near the western city of Ulyanovsk.
But the truck did not sink - it simply sat on a sandbank and began to make a weird noise like the horn going off, the result of water pressure on the sheet metal of the cab.
Local amateur sailors Natalya Rouhanova, 32, and Raya Oukina, 37, were out on their boat and sent a Mayday message to the shore when they heard the weird noise coming from within the vehicle.
Raya said: "We thought the driver was still trapped in the cab and was sounding his horn - and it really looked as if he was driving along the riverbed. We thought the poor fellow was trapped inside and would drown, so we called everyone we could think of - police, river police, ambulance - even a local army base!
"In the end it looked like D-Day out there, with so many crafts heading for the stranded lorry. But when they pulled the door open the cab was empty."
Nikita Gokov, one of the would-be rescuers, said: "It was the effect of the water making it sound as if the horn was being pressed. It was a strange phenomenon and these ladies acted quite rightly in alerting us, because it did seem as if someone was in the cab seeking help.
"Luckily he had managed to swim to safety. We managed to secure his truck and bring it ashore."
Police are probing the cause of the accident and said that the trucker could face charges of negligent driving for his unplanned detour into the water.
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