Vintage Land Rover Emerges At Cornish Beach Almost 30 Years After Being Taken By The Tides

These remarkable pictures show a vintage Land Rover emerging at a Cornish beach 30 years after it was taken by the rising tide.

The Land Rover has resurfaced three decades after it was taken by spring tides at Gwithian beach, on the southwest coast.

Shifting sands and big spring tides have revealed part of a Ronnie Hanney’s Land Rover that got stuck there when he and his family had driven down to the shore almost three decades ago and unfortunately got stuck.

The most prominent part of the vehicle, the rear passenger side wheel still has a fully inflated tyre has briefly appeared before, however last week the chassis could also be seen as more of the Land Rover was uncovered for the first time.

The Land Rover – with ‘Merry Christmas Cornwall’ painted on the side – was already 22 years old when it became stuck in soft sand.

Despite trying to save the car with a tractor, the tides moved in and the cheery vehicle, which had been decorated with tinsel and Christmas messages, was doomed to its beachy grave.

Gina, who was 16 at the time, recalled: ‘It was one of the most embarrassing days of my life.

Wheely stuck: Despite trying to save the car with a tractor, the tides moved in and the cheery vehicle, which had been decorated with tinsel and Christmas messages, was doomed to its beachy grave

 

‘We had parked up down by the shoreline, but we were in soft sand and when we tried to move the back wheels just kept spinning.

‘The tide had turned and we couldn’t get out in time, so I ran back up to the slip to try to find someone to help while people started to gather on the headland to watch.

‘Once the water reached the Land Rover we couldn’t do any more and we had to leave it.

 ‘The funniest thing was, when my dad went back with a spade the next day to dig it out, all that was sticking out of the sand was the chassis and four wheels.”

In a report at the time the local ‘Cornishman’ newspaper said: ‘The sand flats below Hayle Towans claimed an unusual wreck earlier this week when a 22-year-old Land Rover dropped into a hole and refused to budge.

‘Mr Ron Hanney of Water Lane, Hayle, owner of the disaster stricken vehicle, rushed home to get a tractor and pull it out, but the tide won the race.’

Though he was understandably upset at the time, Gina admits that after a few years her father, who died aged 69 in December 2015, saw the funny side of it.

She added: ‘In a way it’s nice that he has left a legacy that is now part of Hayle, as he loved it here.

Facebook user Alexander Robertson said: ‘Well they are all-terrain amphibeas exploring utility vehicles. I wouldn’t expect anything less from such fine British engineering.’

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