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His car falls into the river… three times!

Even though he claims to have “applied the handbrake well”, this motorist saw his car fall three times in this Sarthe port.

Making a mistake can happen. Twice the same, in a pinch. But three is pretty unusual, especially when it involves crashing your car into a river. This is what happened to this motorist, who had “yet applied the handbrake” according to him. However, his car plunged into the Sarthe three times during this nightmarish day.

An absurd repair

The events took place on January 30, 2024, around 11 a.m. A resident of the town of Bailleul parks his car in Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, near the river. Moments later, she falls into the water. The rescuers needed several hours to get her out of the port, and the least we can say is that they lacked experience.

The driver from Bailleul had parked his car, a Peugeot 508, in the parking lot. But as he was about to leave for the city center on foot, he turned around and saw his car driving towards the river. Already launched, the vehicle was unstoppable and it fell into the water. The station wagon then sank slowly…

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The car dives three times

The councilor delegated to the town hall, Patrick Mauboussin, still can’t get over this crazy day: “From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., it was quite a story.” He was able to watch the “show” all afternoon on the shore. The owner first called his insurance to find out what steps to follow. Firefighters arrived on scene to see if the vehicle was leaking. lieutenant of the La Flèche rescue center: “It is obligatory to check that there is no danger to biodiversity. ” Three emergency vehicles were thus engaged “including that of the divers coming from Le Mans and an all-terrain vehicle with a boat. ”

The handbrake was on
The divers went into the water and noticed that the handbrake was firmly applied. The firefighters then installed an airbag in the vehicle to allow the tow truck to pull it with a winch. Once the checks have been completed, authorization is given to remove the car from the water.

Around 4 p.m., the first repairman sets up his truck at the water’s edge. He begins to pull the car but unfortunately its cable breaks and… the car falls back into the mud. A second repairer is called and encounters the same problem. Third dive for the Peugeot!

A third crane from Le Mans
“It was around 6 p.m., the firefighters were waiting to collect their airbag. A third emergency crane arrived from Le Mans,” says Patrick Mauboussin. Time passes, the scene attracts the curious. It was finally 8 p.m. when the car came out of the water, almost ten hours after its first fall, under the desperate gaze of its owner. His wife filmed the “rescue” stages of the family station wagon throughout the afternoon, in order to share this incredible story with her daughters, live.

Around 8:15 p.m., the last spectators return home. The firefighters hurry to fold up their inflatable bag. Just before the car is hoisted onto the trailer, the owners have time to collect a few items, even though night has already fallen for a while. A day that the municipal councilor, the firefighters, the repairmen and the family are unlikely to forget. And that shouldn’t amuse the insurer…

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