Crew members of the Transglobal Car Expedition are on their way back to a remote area of the Arctic to retrieve a Ford pickup truck they lost through thin ice in March.
The Ford F-150 pickup truck was part of an overland excursion from Yellowknife to Resolute Bay when it fell through the ice on March 23 during a return trip to Cambridge Bay.
Sunken near Tasmania Islands, located in the Franklin Strait, the vehicle is chilling on the Arctic sea floor. Now, a 12-member team is planning its rescue.
The operation, which starts Thursday (Aug. 25), will take three days, and is based out of Gjoa Haven, about 300 kilometres from the site where the truck was submerged.
A group of 16 people from Russia, the United States, Ukraine, Canada, and Iceland are participating in the Transglobal Car Expedition to complete the first-ever overland-wheeled trek from the North American continental shelf to the High Arctic.
The group is planning to attach airbags to the truck to float it to the surface and bring it ashore, according to a statement from the Transglobal Car Expedition.
If successful, the team will inspect the truck and have it airlifted to Gjoa Haven.
Additionally, local hunters knowledgeable about local wildlife and land will also be on-site to provide support.
GoodGear, the parent organization behind the Transglobal Car Expedition, is funding the recovery. The team has plans to try to repair the vehicle or ship it to the U.S., where the group hopes to display it at the Arctic Trucks factory in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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