Photos of 4wd Trucks Stuck on the Beach in the Rising Tide

As it is Spring here in Auckland, New Zealand, I was enjoying the warmer weather and was doing some Professionalphotos research photography along the coast. I am looking forward to Summer and looking for spots which would be good to capture the full NZ summer panoramas in all of their colourful glory.

A panorama photo of a beach with boat sheds and pohutukawa trees

I found a few locations which will be great once the Pohutukawa trees begin to bloom in late November, early December. Their lovely red flowers turn the coast into a colourful display of blues, greens and reds. Here is a sneak peek of some of the spots that I am going to hit. Keep an eye out for a blog once I have managed to get these locations firing!

A panorama photo of a beach with rocks and trees and spring flowers

A panorama photo of a beach with pohutukawa trees

This image is a bit strange and I was photographing these letterboxes when I noticed the cute little baby letter box underneath all of the other ones. I just had to grab this image.

a photo of a baby tiny letterbox

As I was driving along the coast in the late afternoon, I came across a rather unusual community event. It seems that some young guys thought that it would be fun to drive their 4 wheel drive onto the mud flats and do donuts. The mud and sand on these beaches is very soft and this would not be the first vehicle I have seen stranded here. Even boats get stuck if they are not managed properly and get caught by the tide.

Photo of a stranded 4wd truck in tide and mud on a beach

Photo of a stranded 4wd truck in tide and mud on a beach

Well it seems that the 4 wheel drive had been stuck there since the day before and the tide had already completely submerged the vehicle twice. I guess the vehicle was as good as toast after being trashed by the sea. Another person in a bigger 4wd decided that they would drive out and pull out the stranded, and half submerged truck. Little did they know that the day before, a tractor had already driven out to pull in the vehicle and it had gotten stuck too. They had to pull the tractor out with a professional tow truck. By the time they had the tractor out, it was too late to try for the 4 wheel drive.

Photo of the tracks of a stranded 4wd truck being pulled out of the tide and mud

The second, bigger 4 wheel drive also got stuck in the soft mud so by the time I arrived, there was a big group of locals trying to dig the vehicle out as the tide was coming in. They were having no luck at all and the vehicle was not moving so a smart local went and got his tractor and they got a tow rope that was about 200 meters long.

Photos of a 4wd truck being pulled out of the tide and mud

The tractor did not leave the safety of a solid sand bank that stretched out across the mud flat. They ran the very long rope out to the bigger truck and attached it to the tow bar and very slowly they managed to pull the bigger 4 wheel drive onto more solid sand. They could not have been any later as the tide was only meters away from the vehicle.

Photos of a stranded 4wd truck being pulled out of the tide and mud

Photos of a 4wd truck being pulled out of the tide and mud

Having worked out how to pull vehicles out without endangering the tractor, a group of guys ran the rope out to the first stranded truck which was now half under water again. They attached the rope to the back of it and after rocking the vehicle backward and forwards to free it up, they managed to pull it out of the mud.

Photos of a 4wd truck being pulled up the beach out of the tide and mud

Photo of the tracks of a stranded 4wd truck being pulled out of the tide and mud

Obviously it would not start and also the steering lock was on so the truck had to be towed all of the way up the beach. The truck was fighting all the way, crabbing sideways but they managed, after quite a bit of perseverance to get the vehicle off the beach with water pouring out of it.

Photos of a 4wd truck being pulled up the beach by a tractor out of the tide and mud

It was quite the community event and it was great to talk to the locals and be onsite with a camera to capture the drama as it unfolded. It also made for an interesting blog entry.

Photos of a stranded 4wd truck being pulled out of the tide and mud

So there are a few pointers when you are photographing something like this. The biggest key is both your safety and the safety of those around you. With ropes under tension and vehicles moving in unpredictable ways, make sure that you are a safe distance away. Also it is important to not get in the way of those doing the work. Be friendly and talk to those around you and you will find that people generally don’t mind if you get in on the action.



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