Car stranded on beach
A fisherman checking his nets on Orewa beach last week lost his fourdoor hatchback when it got stuck and was claimed by the tide.
The man had caught four fish from the waters at the north end of the beach and, after putting his gear away, found he was stuck, a Fire Service spokesman said.
Police were aware of the stranding, but the firefighter was unsure how the car would be removed.
French tourist Alexis Meyer was staying in a campervan overnight in the Arundel Reserve car park and was woken by the frantic fisherman knocking on his door at 6am asking for help.
‘‘So I just grabbed some pants and tried to help him.’’
The two tried to push the car and also used pieces of wood to dig and try and get traction under the tyres.
‘‘There was no way it was moving,’’ Meyer said.
At 6am the water had been around 15 metres away ‘‘but it came in really, really fast’’, Meyer said.
A couple who didn’t want to be identified thought it would be a big job to get the car out once the tide receded. The thought of oil from the car’s engine polluting the water and beach angered them. ‘‘What’s he doing with a car like that driving down on the beach,’’ the woman said.
The fisherman watched as the tide came in and claimed his car.