Jakob Emerson was reporting from a dam in Springfield, Illinois, on the environmental impact of a proposed development in the area.

Meanwhile in the background a fisherman was attempting to launch his boat using his brand new $A70,000 GMC Sierra HD Denal. Things soon took a very expensive turn when the ute slid down the boat ramp and became fully submerged in under 25 seconds.

No one was injured in the mishap and the vehicle was later towed out of its watery parking spot. it is not known if he was paid up on his insurance.

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