Recovery
Operation
Retrieving the accidented car from under
8m of Arctic Ocean
August 2022
17 team members
Операция
по эвакуации
Подъём затонувшего автомобиля с глубины 8 метров в Северном Ледовитом океане
Август 2022
17 участников
The day of the incident 23rd March
23 марта - дата происшествия
Transglobal Car Expedition lost an AT44 F-150 (Arctic Trucks 44inch build) truck through the ice near the Tasmania Islands on 23 March 2022.

The project was about the recovery of the truck and shipping it south on sealift retrograde. A small team including two experienced arctic drivers would float the truck using air bags and secure it on the island. At the appropriate time the truck would be slung load to Taloyoak using a Super Puma helicopter, then be shipped south on the next available sealift vessel where it will be delivered to Montreal.
23 марта 2022 года Трансглобальная Автомобильная Экспедиция потеряла во льдах грузовик AT44 F-150 (Arctic Trucks 44-дюймовой сборки) близ островов Тасмании.

Наша задача - эвакуация грузовика и транспортировка его на юг водным транспортом. Команда из семи человек, включая двух опытных водителей по Арктике, поднимет грузовик с помощью воздушных подушек и обеспечит его безопасность на суше. В нужное время грузовик будет отправлен в Талойоак на вертолёте Super Puma, затем - на юг на ближайшем доступном грузовом судне, откуда его уже доставят в Монреаль.
Photo above is of ATP02, Blue vehicle which later broke through the ice.
Сверху на фото синий автомобиль ATP02, который провалился под лёд
Around 11pm ATP02 breaks through the ice and comes
to a sudden stop
Около 11 часов вечера ATP02 провалился под лёд
Torfi Birkir Johannsson
I realized very quickly what was happening, I tried to give it gas to speed up but nothing happened, I quickly went for the radio and yelled “við erum að fara niður” (we are going down) and instructed Brandon to “open door – open door”, I tried to open my door but the car was leaning to my side and the door would not open, Brandon got out and I followed out through the passenger door.

I suspected quickly that it is deep water under and we will be losing the car, my thinking went “what do we need most before we lose it”. I evaluated if I should go back into the car get a few cloths there, my phone, my computers etc. but decided to jump on the roof rack and get the extra heavy clothing all four of us had stored on this car.

I managed to free two straps and the four bags, my thinking was we would need this especially if the other car would also go down and jumped off to bring these bags to safer ice.
Torfi Birkir Johannsson
Я сразу понял, что происходит. Я дал газу, чтобы разогнаться, но это не помогло. Быстро подключился к радиостанции и прокричал «Мы тонем», сказал Брэндону: «открывай дверь, открывай дверь». Я попытался открыть свою, но машина накренилась в мою сторону и дверь не открывалась. Brandon вылез, а я - следом за ним, через пассажирскую дверь.

В тот же момент я предположил, что глубина большая и мы потеряем машину. Перед тем, как машина уйдёт ко дну, я решил, что стоит вернуться за некоторыми вещами, телефоном и компьютером. Запрыгнул на багажник на крыше и забрал нашу запасную одежду, ведь четверо из команды хранили тёплую одежду в этой машине.

Мне удалось отстегнуть два ремня и вытащить четыре сумки. Тогда я спрыгнул, чтобы перенести эти сумки в более безопасное место, где лёд прочнее.
Operation technique
Техника
Team of Operation
Команда спасательной операции
Brandon Klengenberg
Torfi Birkir Johannsson
Vasilii Shakhnovskiy
Max Badulin
Jake Stinn
Dave Hord
Colin Allooloo
Árni Kópsson
Jonas Porvaldsson
Paul Hay
Keane Kayak
Tyler Smith
Plan of Operation
План операции
22 Aug — Day 1
22 Aug — Day 1
Emil Grimmson arrived in
Winnipeg, taking the carter flight from Yellowknife.
24 Aug — Day 2
24 Aug — Day 2
Recovery team arrived in Winnipeg
Meeting with helicopter crew
Short Stop at Cambridge Bay to visit the Elders
25 Aug — Day 3
25 Aug — Day 3
  • Traveled to Churchill and overnight
  • Flied to Gjoa Haven
  • Deployed the recovery team to Tasmania Islands
27 Aug — Day 5
27 Aug — Day 5
Diving activity and surfacing of the truck
Successful lift from the ocean floor and lift to Gjoa Haven
29 Aug — Day 7
29 Aug — Day 7
Recovered the team and equipment from Tasmania and flight back to Churchill
30 Aug — Day 8
30 Aug — Day 8
Arrival back in Winnipeg, debrief and dispersal
22 Августа — День 1
22 Августа — День 1
Прибытие Emil Grimmson в Виннипег
чартерным рейсом из Йеллоунайфа
24 августа — День 2
24 августа — День 2
Прибытие команды спасательной операции в Виннипег
Встреча с экипажем вертолета
Командный обед с экипажем вертолета
25 Августа — День 3
25 Августа — День 3
  • Поездка в Черчилл с ночёвкой
  • Полёт в Талойоак. Отправка спасательной группы на острова Тасмании
27 Августа — День 5
27 Августа — День 5
Погружение на дно и подъём машины
29 Августа — День 7
29 Августа — День 7
Сбор оборудования и перелёт команды с Тасмании обратно в Черчилл
30 Августа — День 8
30 Августа — День 8
Прибытие обратно в Виннипег, подведение итогов
The Transglobal Car Expedition by GoodGear.org has successfully completed the recovery operation on 23 March 2022.

The Transglobal Car Expedition by GoodGear.org has successfully completed the recovery operation of the Arctic Trucks AT44 F-150 vehicle lost through the ice near the Qikirtat (Tasmania) Islands, Nunavut, on 23 March 2022.


The international recovery team of highly-experienced personnel worked closely with the regional administrations and local communities, and had the benefit of four Inuit team members in the group of 12 people on the extraction crew. The team used specialized equipment and carefully planned each step until it successfully executed the lift of the vehicle on August 27, 2022.

Emil Grimsson
My feeling of seeing the car coming back after five months of preparations and hard work on the extraction gave a sense of completion and is a testament to the ability of expert teamwork to achieve a very, very difficult task.

With all our work in Iceland and Antarctica, we always seek to respect the environment, and I’m glad we were able to do that here.

The operation started with the underwater recovery phase, where experienced cold-water divers had to carefully raise the truck off the ocean floor using airbags, then tow the vehicle, still under the surface, out of the strong current and near to the shore of the island. They then turned the vehicle upright with cables and airbags, then raised it to the surface before pulling it to shore. The vehicle was inspected on land and prepared for airlift by sling.

Andrew Comrie-Picard
This recovery operation was never about getting a truck back. It was about doing the right thing and respecting the land.

It was very powerful to see the helicopter carry the truck over the horizon and hear the sudden silence and the water dripping off the ice floes. With one-third of our team being Inuit it was a privilege to have them with us to show us the tent circles and meat caches that went back hundreds of years, on an island that a passing boat would consider uninhabited. It is not. It is the land of their ancestors.

The Transglobal Car Expedition by GoodGear.org expresses gratitude to all the participants involved in the operation, including local communities, regional and federal authorities for ensuring safety, managing the risks, and contributing to the successful recovery operation.