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'He’s not crazy:' Boater intentionally crossed Shuswap Lake with trailer still attached

Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Rob Winder

A relative of an Alberta man seen driving a boat across Shuswap Lake with a trailer still attached earlier this month says it was completely intentionally.

Elise Russell said her relative had an extra boat and trailer and it was simply easier for him to leave it attached and cross the lake with it rather than tow it.

Russell said it took him two hours to cross the lake and there was another boater following behind him to make sure it stayed attached.

Rob Winder, a Malakwa resident, was out for a cruise on Shuswap Lake, Saturday, May 16, with his family when he came across the man driving a boat with a trailer still attached. He quickly captured a video of the scene, which was about 15 kilometres away from the boat launch, across from Marble Point, before posting it to Facebook.


Her relative has about 60 years of boating experience, she said.

“He’s an industrious guy,” she said. “He’s not crazy, he was doing it on purpose.”

She isn’t sure where he was head in his boat, but this way made more sense to him.

He couldn't be reached for comment.

The video of him crossing Shuswap Lake with the trailer still attached went viral, having been shared roughly 200,000 and has gathered more than 20,000 comments. It has been viewed 7.4 million times as of May 29.

“I was just shocked when it blew up on Facebook,” Winder said in an interview with iNFOnews.ca, adding that he posts videos frequently.

“Of all the stupid stuff I post on Facebook, one finally hit," he said. “I sure got more messages on Facebook in one week than I have in my entire life.”

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