Driver gets new Range Rover stuck on Weston-super-Mare beach after trying to copy TV adverts

PUBLISHED: 10:36 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:41 20 June 2017

The car was stuck more 400m from the main beach. Picture: Burnham Area Rescue Boat Search And Rescue

The car was stuck more 400m from the main beach. Picture: Burnham Area Rescue Boat Search And Rescue

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A driver got his new Range Rover stuck on mudflats at Weston-super-Mare beach yesterday (Monday) after trying to copy television adverts of it being used off road.

The car was stuck in mud more than 400m from the main beach, and had a lucky escape when it was freed moments before it would have been swallowed by the incoming tide.

Burnham Area Rescue Boat’s (BARB) hovercraft assisted coastguards with the rescue, and at 6pm the hovercraft flew across the mud to free the occupants of the vehicle.

But attempts to shift the vehicle with spades and boards were unsuccessful, so Weston RNLI’s tracked launching vehicle pulled the Range Rover to safety.

A BARB spokesman said: “The driver of the Range Rover was a young man who had attempted to test out the vehicle, having watched TV adverts of it being driven off-road – but without realising how dangerous the mudflats can be.

“This was a good example of close team working to get a successful outcome.

“Our advice to motorists using local beaches is never to put their vehicles at risk by driving beyond the hard sand at the top of the beach.”

The incident followed a busy weekend for rescue services in Weston, which included a rescue from Birnbeck Pier.


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