Man ‘Rescues’ Ciggies From Sinking Van

The only vehicle you would see me driving on to a beach, would be a quad bike or similar all-terrain-vehicle. 

This is because, having spent lots of time on beaches (not the warm and sunny ones), I know just how quickly things can go wrong when the sand decides to eat your wheels. 

And that is precisely what happened to one man who thought that it would be a ‘good’ idea to drive his white van onto a tidal beach.

The bizarre incident happened on Sunday afternoon on Redcar beach, as reported by Teeside Live.

Attempts had been made to ‘rescue’ the white van, but they failed after the rope being used to pull the van out of the sea kept snapping off of the tractor that it was attached to. 

And then one lad thought that it was a ‘good’ idea to have his picture taken on top of the van, before climbing into it so that he could rescue several packs of ciggies. 

Keighly Finnegan saw what happened and told TeesideLive: 

“The van came on the beach, and it had the trailer and speedboat on the back, and he kind of did a big U-turn down the other end and went back.

“And then as soon as the engine cut off all of a sudden you could see there was something going on because he was just gesturing and troubled faces and all that kind of stuff.

“He ran back here and then a woman went off the beach and then they came back and there was a lot to do. “

Keighly added that people tried pushing it, but the water had come in and, let’s face it, you are never going to win a tug-of-war with the sea.

Apparently, the driver of the van had tried to tow a boat into the sea, but he ended up getting himself into a bit of a pickle after he did a u-turn on the beach and went ‘off road’ (or, ‘off track’). 

One person said that the view of the topless man coming out of the sea with several packs of cigs resembled a: “council estate version of a James Bond film”

What would you have done if this was your van? Let us know in the comments below!  

Image credit: TeesideLive

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