The RNLI Tractor came to the rescue after a van and a 4×4 got stuck and submerged on Cullercoats beach.
While loading a jet ski a Ford Transit Van got stuck in the sand and unluckily a passer-by offered some assistance with a Range Rover 4X4 and ended up getting fast in the sand too.
But to make matters worse the tide was rising and it wasn’t long before the Van was submerged, Then it wouldn’t be long until the tide submerged the expensive 4X4.
It took the RNLI 4hrs to remove the 2 vehicles from the water. They had to launch the tractor and disconnect carriage on the slipway and use the winch on-board to recover both stranded vehicles.
NEAMPR are aware that this is the 3rd in the area in a matter of days.
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A spokesperson for the RNLI said they spotted the incident on the beach as they were driving past.
He added: 'The van was picking up a jet ski and didn't check the tide times. The tide was rising and it got stuck in the water pretty quickly.
'We had to wait for the OK from the coastguard. We pulled the range rover out with a winch. The water on the van at this point was up to the bonnet area, it was well in.
'We had to tow the Range Rover from the back as it was facing forward. The water was probably up the seats at this stage.
'It took us three hours and four crew members to remove both vehicles. It is not something we often do unless it is a danger to the public or hazard in the water. It is not an everyday occurrence.'