King van-ute: driver is all at sea after getting trapped in water
King VAN-ute – A van driver found himself all at sea when he got his vehicle stuck on the beach after deciding to stop for lunch.
James Grayson, 30, took a drive down to the Blackpool beachfront on his lunch break when he became marooned in the sand after going down a slipway.
The father-of-three, from St Helens, Merseyside, desperately tried to drive away from the sand but his van was swept up by the incoming tide.
He called for help and was eventually towed to safety by a digger after being stuck in the sand for an hour.
James, who drives for A&M Energy Solutions, said: “We get given jobs in the morning and I was told to wait for an hour or so after finishing a job.
“I went down to the water front and drove down the slipway so I could park up on the beach.
“Another woman pulled up not too far behind me so I decided to leave but the van got stuck.
“The wheels were churning up the sand and the tide was coming in – there was nothing I could do.
“I called the coastguard then I saw a number on a sign that said to call them if you got stuck on the beach.
“A digger turned up about an hour later and pulled the van out.
“There was a police helicopter there and everything – it was a manic day.”
James, who has driven for the firm for six years, managed to get the van started again after the water was flushed out before driving back to base in St Helens.
He said: “I drove back to St Helens after draining the water from the van.
“It seemed to be ok but it’ll be interesting to see what the bosses say when I go into work.
“No-one was hurt anyway – you’ve got to laugh about it or you’ll just end up crying.”