Missing Hilux (words and images by Marcel Krieger)

A couple of weeks ago whilst on my country run through North West Victoria I was visiting a dealer in Echuca who mentioned he had an insurance job come through and wouldn’t mind my help.

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I jumped at the chance to get out on the water on such a fine day.  We were to locate a stolen Toyota Hilux that the Police had reported dumped in the Murray River near the bridge between Echuca and Moama.

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Jumping on the boat we hooked up the Humminbird 798 Side Imaging unit and got to work.  The first pass we went right over the top of something that I thought a wider pass would show up well.  The next pass you can see the bridge pylons and a Hilux sitting in the murky water, the bull bar show up as a clear dense object.

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Dropping a large magnet down, it found its mark and we attached a float.  I received the recovery pics the next day.  A diver had to enter the 9.8 degree cold murky water and attach a chain whilst the excavator dragged the ute to safety.

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I think the technology that is available these days to scan the depths is amazing, we just need to find a solution to criminal element that seems prevalent in today’s society.  Maybe a job for another day.

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