Big yel­low dig­ger got stuck off Kapiti Coast

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - TOM HUNT

It took two bull­doz­ers and a large dig­ger to rec­tify what is be­ing de­scribed as a drunken prank - and now po­lice are try­ing to track down the cul­prits.

A 25-tonne dig­ger was spot­ted in the Kapiti Coast surf be­fore dawn on Satur­day.

When peo­ple ar­rived to save the dig­ger, es­ti­mated to be worth about $250,000, it was sink­ing into the soft mud and the out­go­ing tide was cre­at­ing a suc­tion to the sea floor.

It meant work­ers - brav­ing cold, rain, and surf - had to get the steel ca­bles be­neath the ma­chine and the force of the two bull­doz­ers and dig­ger were needed to break the pow­er­ful suc­tion.

Shortly af­ter, in a scene rem­i­nis­cent of book Lit­tle Yel­low Dig­ger, one of the res­cue bull­doz­ers also started sink­ing deep in the mud but the stranded dig­ger was hauled from the sea at about midday.

A large crowd, eas­ily more than 100 peo­ple, gath­ered to watch the res­cue ef­fort.

Ross Dol­man, a spec­ta­tor, said he un­der­stood some­one found some keys and man­aged to get the dig­ger go­ing in the mid­dle of the night and drove it away from the nearby boat­ing club, where it had been parked out­side.

It was not clear if the dig­ger had got swamped in the sea or ‘‘if they de­cided to park it there just for a bit of a laugh’’, he said.

Po­lice said they’re ‘‘mak­ing en­quiries’’ but there had been no ar­rests.

They’re keen to hear from any­one who saw any­thing sus­pi­cious in the area not long af­ter mid­night Fri­day - in par­tic­u­lar, any sight­ings of the driver of a sil­ver car.

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