The Cleethorpes Beach Safety team sent their Land Rover to rescue their own stranded 6x6 from the incoming tide but both vehicles ended up submerged. The patrol's six-wheeler got stuck approximately a mile out from Cleethorpes Pier in North East Lincolnshire. The team's yellow Land Rover Defender 90 was sent out to rescue it and became stranded as well. The embarrassed patrol members, walked to safety as the tide came in and dialled the Cleethorpes Lifeboat for help but, for practical reasons, this request was refused.
The drama took place as the seaside resort was full of late season tourists who saw the buggy and Land Rover get stuck and submerged by the waves. Lifeboat station manager Jack Barlow is quoted as saying, 'They took their little buggy out and that got stuck in the mud, so they sent their Land Rover to get it out. It was just doing its normal patrols. They go out there all the time, but they went further out this time because of the big tides at this time of year. It's unfortunate, but we couldn't send our tractor out to that part of the beach because the sand is really unstable. Our tractor weighs 6.9 tonnes and if that got stuck, there is nothing in this town that would pull it out.'
He added, 'If we lost our tractor then people's lives would be at risk and then there's the cost of replacing it. If it had been in a different position, we would have pulled them out. We've pulled the Land Rover out twice in one week before, so we are not averse to helping them.'
Unsurprisingly the red-faced members of the Beach Safety Team declined to comment.