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Land Rover emerges from sea after 27 years


Land Rover emerges from sea after 27 years
The sea is full of mystery and washes up interesting stuff every day. But a Land Rover? On Gwithian beach in Cornwall, that happened last week. Or actually that is what it looked like, although the truth was somewhat different. The car in question got stuck in the sand on this very beach on the 13th of January 1990. On that day, the owner of the 1968 Land Rover Series 2, Ronnie Hanney, had driven his wife Margaret and daughters Gina and Vikki down to the water’s edge that day and it got stuck in soft sand. Newspaper The Cornishman reported later that week: “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.”

But fast forward 27 and a half years and there it is again. Well, at least the galvanised bumper, rear axle, rear chassis and suspension with one of the tyres still holding its air, as the rest of the car is still buried under the sand. Unfortunately Ron Hanney is not there to dig it out as he passed away in 2015. But his daughter Gina, who was 16 at the time, had a look. She told Cornwall Live: "It was one of the most embarrassing days of my life. 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.” Anyone who'd like to take on the challenge of digging the whole thing out? 

(Picture Greg Martin/Cornwalllive.com)

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