On its way to a beached boat, the eight-wheeler got stuck in the mud.
On its way to a beached boat, the eight-wheeler got stuck in the mud. Chris Pannan

Salvage truck needs rescuing after getting bogged at beach

IN A twist of irony, a salvage truck on its way to a beached yacht became stuck yesterday afternoon in Cannovale Beach, attracting large crowds attempting to rescue the 20 tonne vehicle.

Fighting against the clock, the eight-wheeler's plight was brought to attention through Facebook where hundreds offered support and sympathy.

 

The salvage truck which became bogged at Cannonvale Beach after trying to reach a beached yacht.
The salvage truck which became bogged at Cannonvale Beach after trying to reach a beached yacht. Chris Pannan

"Urgent help needed!!! Cannonvale beach the Rescue Truck needs rescuing!!!! Anyone with a serious earth moving truck come on down," Chris Pannan originally posted.

"Do you know anyone with a serious tracker or digger!!!! Otherwise it's going to be a dive site."

 

Straps being attached to the truck to attempt to drag it out.
Straps being attached to the truck to attempt to drag it out. Chris Pannan

"If you have some wood, or branches, try to put them at the base of the wheels," Monika Gabor suggested.

Dave Chittleborough also recommended letting the tyres down.

 

The yacht beached at Cannonvale.
The yacht beached at Cannonvale. Lorri Thynne

"Start digging do the old tyre trick then use the rear mounted winch off it, I would also suggest digging under one wheel at a time and pleasing the Ramps don't worry about the front tyres as the tears should pull the front free," Bodean Joe-bob proposed.

Eventually a strap was attached to a digger to try and drag the salvage truck out.

 

Many offered help and support to rescue the truck.
Many offered help and support to rescue the truck. Chris Pannan

 

Eventually a digger was able to drag the truck to freedom.
Eventually a digger was able to drag the truck to freedom. Chris Pannan

After several attempts, as night fell, the eight-wheeler was finally pulled free.

"Well done everyone... the beast is back !!!" Peter Clarke said at the end.

 

Helpers worked into the night to rescue the salvage truck.
Helpers worked into the night to rescue the salvage truck. Chris Pannan

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