Man rescued after getting car stuck in mud in Black Rock Desert

Published: Dec. 23, 2019 at 5:55 PM PST
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You generally hear about people making the trip to the Black Rock Desert in the summer for Burning Man, but one man found out the hard way about what can happen when you drive out there this time of the year.

“They set out a rescue mission late last night to extract the driver, and we are planning another for the vehicle,” said Wesley Wilson who runs the Nevada 4x4 rescue Facebook page.

A man from Canada named George Sukhanov‎ got his Toyota stuck in wet playa mud in Pershing County. The sheriff’s office there says he told them he initially did not want to be rescued, but he eventually realized rescue was necessary, when he took to Facebook.

“I think he had been out there for at least a day or two,” said Wilson. “He found our page and it went viral.”

It wasn’t just Nevada 4x4 rescue, but also 775 Offroad & Recovery who helped in the rescue – finding him around 1:30 a.m.

Ultimately, the conditions were so bad they had to just get him out. His car will have to wait.

“You might as well have just been pulling another car on an ice rink, anytime you would pull him it would pull the recovery car towards the car that was stuck,” said Joseph Pickett, a hotel manager who helps people get out of situations like this in his spare time.

The situation resulting in the BLM issuing a warning, saying you can be ticketed for this because it’s a conservation area.

“Heed those signs,” said Heather O’Hanlon of the BLM’s Winnemucca office. “If there are wet conditions out there, don’t go out there you can get stuck.”

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