Infantry Fighting Vehicle Stranded in River Before Safely Retrieved 雲豹甲車受困湍急溪流 10官兵平安脫困

An embarrassing gaffe happened in Pingtung ahead of the annual Han Kuang Exercise when a military armored vehicle, along with 10 people on board, were stranded while crossing a river. The army says all personnel was saved and the incident is under investigation.


The Pingtung county has seen several consecutive days of torrential rain and stronger currents in its rivers. On Aug. 10, a Clouded Leopard armored vehicle, which belongs to the 6th Army Corps, was trying to cross the Baoli River before it was completely stranded.

Voice of Eyewitness:” It was approaching, and then the entire vehicle got completely wet.”

The infantry fighting vehicle carried troops in a routine training exercise at the Joint Operations Training Base Command in Hengchun. It stalled as it was crossing the river, trapping the 10 troops aboard inside. The military promptly launched a rescue operation, in which the vehicle and all men were saved.

Voice of Major General Chen Chung-chi, Spokesperson, 6th Army Corps:” Other recovery vehicles will tow the armored vehicle away based on the current condition and under the precondition that conditions are safe. Our troops are unflappable. We safely withdrew troops and equipment from the inside in an orderly fashion.” 

The Clouded Leopard IFV is an eight-wheel armored vehicle that was designed to conform to Taiwan's terrain. It weighs 22 tons and could speed up to 105 kilometers per hour. The military said the cause of the accident is under investigation. As the unit trains for dangerous situations daily, they have remained well-prepared for all situations. In this case, deaths were prevented. The vehicle has been towed away and remained undamaged.
 

 

 

屏東地區連日大雨,保力溪水量驚人,10號上午,一輛國軍的雲豹裝甲車經過時熄火,無法動彈。

目擊民眾(變音處理):「過來了,過來了,全身溼答答了。」

隸屬陸軍關渡地區指揮部的雲豹裝甲車,當時官兵正在恆春三軍聯合作戰訓練基地例行訓練,過溪時卻碰上車輛熄火,一度讓車上10名官兵困在車內,不過,救濟車很快就抵達現場,全員平安。

陸軍第六軍團發言人陳中吉少將:「有其他的救濟車輛(救濟車輛),會按照當時的情況在安全無虞的前提之下,把車子拖出來。我們的官兵都臨危不亂,依序的從裡面,包含個人還有裝具等等都安全的撤出。」

雲豹裝甲車,是陸軍兵工研發的八輪傳動裝甲車,為了符合台灣地形需求而設計,光基本型就重22公噸,最高時速可到105公里。國軍表示,裝甲車熄火的原因,後續還要調查,不過因單位平日落實危安狀況教育,同仁也確實遵守標準作業,沒造成傷亡,車輛也已拖離溪床,沒有損傷。
 

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