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30 August 2002

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Stuck in d Mud!
Article and photos by Patrick Trollope.
The beach calmed a car at 11.00pm on Wednesday night.  The Coastguard were contacted at 11:15pm approximately by 999 and the coastguard suggested the owner should call the police for help after assessing that their was no danger to the driver or passengers.  A tow truck was called in and the people refused to pay the £150.00 tow charge to remove the car from the mud and called the coastguard again at 5:00am by the 999 service.  Unfortunately the coastguard can only help if their are  no lives in danger and could not do any think other than suggest the driver took the offer of a tow.  So by 11am the following day they were still in their car that the diver had paid £50.00 for in an auction still stuck.  They had refused help from most people and insisted that they should be pulled out for free.  Also completely ignoring the fact that 999 is for emergencies only and people would not risk getting their vehicles stuck. Not to mention that they had ignored the signs warning people not to drive past the rope. They were later freed by work men helping to erect the the air show tents  after a very long night out.  The morel to this story is always obey the warning signs and DO NOT DRIVE AT NIGHT ON THE BEACH! 
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