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It took more than an hour for the owner of a pickup truck to have his vehicle removed from Bang Tao Beach yesterday (Jan 4) after it got stuck in the sand due to the rising tide.
Officials from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket office who are stationed at Cherng Talay Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) were notified of a car being stuck in the sand in front of the Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa in Thalang at 7:50pm.
Cherng Talay Patrol Police together with DDPM Phuket officers arrived at the scene to find a Chevrolet pickup truck 30 metres away from shore line filling with sea water.
While the tide was still rising, officers attempted to tow the car from the sand sing a car but were unsuccessful.
A four-wheel drive rescue truck was then brought to the scene, however, whilst trying to remove the sinking pickup the tow rope broke still leaving the Chevrolet stranded.
A tow truck with crane was then taken to the scene and after 20 minutes it managed to pull the Chevrolet from the sand.
The driver of the Chevrolet, 19-year-old Puttipong Petrid told police he had parked his pickup on the beach to deliver 300 litres of diesel for a tour boat which moored near the beach.
When he arrived at the beach it was a low tide. He soon found that the tide was rising up so he tried to drive off the beach but failed leaving his pickup stranded and sinking.