& video: Stranded 4x4 lost to incoming tide on Brean beach
4x4 was lost in the sea last night (Tuesday) after a bid to rescue
it from the incoming tide on Brean Beach.
Redfern from Bristol had driven his Vauxhall Frontera half a mile
down the beach when its wheels got stuck in the soft sand and
mud, stranding it.
beachwarden raised the alarm and a team from Burnham's BARB Search
& Rescue was quickly on the scene.
the soft sand around the 4x4 made it impossible for other vehicles
to get close enough to pull it free - a JCB digger and two trucks
had to turn back due to the conditions.
spades and wooden boards were used to try and free the vehicle,
but it could not be recovered before the incoming tide reached
it - and then completely engulfed it.
said: "I am very grateful for the efforts of everyone - it
is gutting that we couldn't get it out in time but I do thank
them for trying. I'd just been driving along the beach with my
daughter enjoying the sunshine and didn't think I could get stuck."
Operations Manager Mike Lowe said: "It's a great shame that
on this occasion we were unable to recover the vehicle despite
the best efforts of our crew. It's another reminder that people
should take care while enjoying our beaches over the summer."
incident comes just days after a
Ford Focus Estate got stuck in the sea. A car
was also rescued on April 13th and a separate incident occurred
on March 9th when a tractor
pulled a stranded car from the mud. There was a further incident
on April 20th when a family's
vehicle got into difficulty and another car also got stuck
on May 27th, as we reported here.
The vehicle was in a patch of soft sand half a mile from the
top of the beach
This JCB digger and two other trucks tried to reach the car
The incoming tide soon surrounded the stuck vehicle
The 4x4 was quickly engulfed by the sea water
were alerted and were trying to monitor the location of the vehicle