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Ford Explorer Owner ‘Saves’ SUV From Drowning: Video

Boat ramp fail videos are quite common across the internet, mostly because, well, a lot of folks apparently don’t know how to launch or retrieve a water-going vessel. Typically, what happens is the driver backs too far down the ramp and the vehicle begins to take on water, at which point one of two things happens – they either manage to save it and get back up the ramp, or they float out in the river, lake, or ocean, with disastrous results. Thankfully for the driver of the Ford Explorer in this video recently posted on Instagram, the former happened, though not without some consequences.

After launching a boat of some sort, this video picks up where the Ford Explorer has obviously backed up way to far, and it’s clearly struggling to stay on the dry land. The driver – clearly aware that things are quickly going south – floors it, which usually doesn’t work too well in situations like these, but in this case, it most certainly does. With a giant rooster tail of water flying up from the wheel wells, the crossover miraculously starts to move in the right direction.

Once the Explorer is out of danger, however, the driver hops out, at which point we can see quite a bit of water rushing out from inside the cabin, which is certainly not a good thing. It’s unclear if any damage was done here, but it’s a pretty safe bet – after all, flood vehicles are almost always permanently messed up in some way, shape, or form, whether it be from mold, rust, or various electrical nightmares that pop up later on.

At least in this case, the Explorer wasn’t completely submerged in the water, nor did it sink to the bottom. We’ve seen this happen far too often in the past, with a Ford F-150 sinking into frigid Canadian waters last year when trying to ice fish, another F-150 that was spotted mysteriously floating around the south shore of Long Island, and a Ford Bronco that famously got stuck in the high tide at Bay Harbor, Maine this past spring.

We’ll have more wild videos like this to share soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Explorer news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Robert.Walter

    Oh Jim Farley, how could you ever let this happen? You must resign now!

  2. David Pickford

    Haha, back in the 80s I had a brand new Ford Fairlane and went to the local beach to launch my boat, all went fine until I parked the car, went back to the boat and realised I hadn’t put the bungs in I decided to get it back on the trailer to empty it. FAIL. New car ends up bogged with an incoming tide and eventually had water lapping at the front wheels and completely covering the boot. Once I was pulled out I went home, stripped the car down to just the shell, hosed it all out, scrubbed all the carpets and seats dried it all out and traded it asap. 6 months later I saw the car in Hobart with a nice rust line running from the front guard to the rear window.

  3. Hans

    they need to have a sensor or app that will tell the driver when to stop backing down the ramp any further into the water


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