Couple of summers ago a mate called Andy phoned to see if I was still in the area ( we’d just spent the day on the Solent ), whilst recovering his ski on Colwell beach his van sunk in the sand just at the water’s edge – I was putting the boat away in Yarmouth harbour so I said I’d be there with my Landy in 10 mins.
He then called back to say a local had turned up at the beach with another defender and I wouldn’t be needed.
5 minutes later he rang again to say the 90 was also now stuck and could I get there ASAP, tide might have been on the flood lol
I arrived at the beach just as the other defender after unhooking itself from the stuck van managed to get back to firm ground.
Taking in the situation I thought the safest way to recover the van was to stay on the concrete slipway and winch the van to me ( it was about 75 yards away ) – except that didn’t work, the van stayed where it was and the winch dragged my 90 down the slipway with all four wheels locked Doh!
So a little re-rig, attached the second defender to the rear of mine and then tried again, van pops out of the sand and we winched it off the beach.
We even got a cheer and applause from the large crowd of onlookers! Lol
Vans, cars and beaches clearly don’t work
every summer there’s always a few vehicles on the island that attempt to launch at one of the bays, they make the local paper with a picture of their vehicle with just the roof showing in the surf