Stephen of Nomad Webbing came to the aid of an ambulance near his home. He said that 'the ambulance came down the hill to pick up a neighbour with a broken ankle and couldn't get out. Luckily we make webbing tow straps so had plenty in the back of the car. We pulled it up to the main road where it could carry on on its own.' It all happened in Hastings, East Sussex, right at the back of Stephen's house. The road is a steep hill with a dead end. A neighbour had suffered a broken ankle and needed to get to the hospital. The ambulance came down without a problem but couldn't get grip to get back up the hill. Luckily we happen to make webbing tow straps and recovery equipment (www.nomadwebbing.co.uk - site still under construction) so we had plenty of gear in the back. We hooked up and gently pulled so not to cause the vehicle to jolt. It was left in high-box to minimise risk of wheel spin, but those things are heavy! A little clutch slipping was needed near the top of the hill. The ambulance was pulled to the main road where the snow was clear and it could carry on on its own.
'Since then,' says Stephen, 'I've recoverd another neighbour from the street, a Belguim couple in a stranded Transit on Beachy Head, but failed to pull a van up a sheet ice hill. And in the morning there will be another recovery as there is a car in the hedge at the bottom of the hill where the ambulance was. We don't often get to show people how useful Land Rovers are, so we should make hay while the snow falls!'