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The Catch of the Day

0-Crippled Creek c8cb7By Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Jae Jones started Jae's Towing & Recovery in 1992 in Heath, Ohio. Jae's son Nick Jones is the Operations Manager and rotator operator for the family business.

On February 25 Jae's was called by the local sheriff's office asking them to respond with a heavy unit to recover a pickup truck in the creek.

"It was an early Sunday morning fishing trip in the creek for dad, Jacob and me," Nick said.

Nick responded with his 2016 Kenworth T880 Century 1150 50-ton rotator. Jae and Jacob headed to the scene in their Century flatbed.

"The incident happened in Licking County on Licking Trails Road," Nick informed. "The pick-up driver had been drinking and speeding, lost control and went into the water."

When the recovery crew arrived on scene they saw the pickup over the guardrail lying on its belly with its driver's side leaning under water. The front-end, hood, windshield and roof were crushed.

Jae and Jacob went into the creek with two rim slings and rigged to the rear axle of the pickup. Rim slings are rigging/recovery product that are for attaching to aluminum rim hand holes when traditional round slings won't fit. It's made from a high-quality synthetic rope with a cordura protective sleeve to prevent premature wear. It maintains a high working load limit and has a greater lifespan then a round sling.

Once it was rigged Nick fished the casualty out of the water by its rear axle. Hanging from both lines, it was the catch of the day. He lifted it up over the guardrail and set it onto the roadway. The rigging was disconnected from the pickup and it was winched onto their Century flatbed and Jacob towed the truck back to their lot.

Nick jested, "High water and vehicles don't mix, I didn't get wet and dad didn't even mess his hair up."

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