Stolen Tesla Model S Found In River With Big Bag Of Onions


A paddler who discovered a stolen Tesla Model S floating in a river and alerted police, then proceeded to help the authorities retrieve a floating bag of onions.

We thought the onion reference may have made this story another April Fool’s joke or perhaps something from The Onion itself. However, as it turns out, this is a true story.

Other Water-Related Tesla Story: Tesla Model S Drives Through Flooded Tunnel – Video

According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Corporal Holly Largy, a brown 2016 Tesla Model S was stolen in Burnaby, British Columbia on the evening of April 3, 2018. At 9:00 AM the next morning, a paddler on the Fraser River in Fort Langley caught sight of the floating electric car.

It was obvious to the officers at the scene, as well as the paddler, that the car was, in fact, floating. This is because it was a good distance away from the boat launch area. While the investigation was underway, a large bag of onions floated out of and away from the vehicle. Thankfully, the paddler was able to retrieve the evidence for the authorities.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk once said that the Model S could actually float pretty well, at least for awhile. We witnessed this in action via YouTube, when a Model S was successfully driven through a flooded tunnel, as linked above.

The paddler remarked:

“Why they had a big bag of onions is anyone’s guess.” 

We’d love to hear your theories about how the Model S ended up in the river, as well as the reason for the bag of onions. Also, have you ever tried to use your Model S as a boat?

Check out this related video:

Source: Langley Times

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Theories about the bag of onions:
To keep the acceleractor/seat pressed down while launching the car into the lake. I don’t think somone drove it into the water…

If the bag of onions was used as an aid to drive the Model S into the river (which is an interesting theory… insurance scam claim?) then…

Likely the bag of onions was placed on the driver’s seat as positive weight on the seat because the Models S will not engage in Drive or Reverse if it does not detect a certain minimum amount of positive weight on the driver’s seat (exception is using the mobile Tesla App “Summon” feature to remotely move the car).

If the bag of onions was used in this way and the car windows were left open it was a clever idea because a bag of onion has weight above water and will float (for a while) when submerged… so it could have been intended for tha bag of onions to float clear of the car after the car went into the river.


If the bag of onions was 100 pounds or more than that might me a credible theory.

45lbs or more should do the trick…

This is the start of the hack that is going to send all Teslas to Providence Rhode Island.

The onions are just a distraction.

Everyone knows Teslas go great with onions.

Now this is a bizarre mystery! #Oniongate

Those aren’t onions, those are night howlers.

Thee was no mention of how this car was stolen. How do you steel a car that can’t be hotwired? Who cares about the onions. The real point missed is this high tech car was stolen.

Perhaps this is an attempted insurance scam.

Steal the keys.

Yup, just steal the keyfob to steal the car. Much easier than hacking the car’s security system.

It was a hit job by fossil fuel mafia…if you can’t beat tesla destroy tesla one EV at a time lol

“We’d love to hear your theories about how the Model S ended up in the river, as well as the reason for the bag of onions.”

I’m highly allergic to onions, as well as being a huge Tesla fanboy, so it just makes sense that anyone despicable enough to steal a Tesla car must love them! Seems pretty cut-and-dried to me; where’s the mystery? 😉

Wondering what the repair options are. An EV, battery and infotainment in water… I remember when I dropped my phone in the toilet last time..
Anyone any idea if there’s a difference with possible repair options of an ICE car, or ii it a total loss in all cases?

Perhaps they can seal the S in a ten ton bag of rice??

Does a car’s float time serve as a good indication of the quality of its fit and finish? Not exactly a non-destructive test, but in the right circumstances (flood hitting a new car dealership, e.g.), is this a potentially viable source of data?