Ve­hi­cle saved by com­mu­nity spirit

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­

ANX­I­ETY was high on Good Fri­day as a truck was bogged on Can­non­vale Beach an hour be­fore the tide be­gan to surge in.

While a team of eight peo­ple were try­ing to pull a boat from the man­grove area, the 20 tonne ve­hi­cle got caught in a muddy spot.

For­tu­nately, Earth­mov­ing con­trac­tor Phil Evans came to the res­cue of the team, along with a group of res­i­dents who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent and sought to help.

To­gether the res­i­dents man­aged to dig out the front of the bogged truck and place ramps at the back while Mr Evans used his trac­tor to pull the truck to safety.

Chris Pan­nan was one of the on­look­ers at the scene and praised ev­ery­one in­volved in the res­cue mis­sion.

“It was prob­a­bly a 15-20 minute op­er­a­tion, with a 10-tonne trac­tor pulling a 20 tonne truck, it was just sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion,” he said.

“All the boys were very thank­ful and re­lieved, you could see they were quite anx­ious as the sun was com­ing down,” he said.

“The power of so­cial me­dia to get peo­ple down there and the com­mu­nity sup­port was great.”

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