Death at the beach?
Nick’s left fighting for his life after getting sucked into quicksand on a trip to the coast
When Leanne summons Peter, Toyah, Nick and Steve for a peace summit in the Bistro, Nick suggests they put aside their differences and have a day at the beach, taking Simon and Oliver with them. But it’s a decision he comes to regret when he finds himself sucked into quicksand, with no one around to help.
Leanne doesn’t know that her other half has an ulterior motive for the trip. ‘Nick is hoping that Steve or Peter will mess up, and that he can expose the two men in some way,’ reveals star Ben Price. A friendly kick-around soon descends into a petty squabble, and Nick then shoots himself in the foot by telling Peter that he knows the alibi Leanne gave him was false, as he saw him on the night of Ken’s attack. He hasn’t counted on Leanne overhearing him. She’s furious that he stayed quiet when he could’ve cleared Peter’s name, and calls time on their relationship.
Lea heads home with ‘our Toyah’, while Peter and Steve also make to leave – but not before telling Nick that it’d be best for everyone if he walked out to sea.
Stung by their words, Nick storms off, unaware that he’s heading to a treacherous part of the shoreline. Suddenly, he’s sucked down into some quicksand. As his cries for help go unheard, he pulls out his mobile phone, only to drop it and see it sink out of reach.
It’s not looking good as the water reaches his waist and he panics when he notices the rapidly rising tide. We’re told that Leanne is later left crying over her loss. Does this mean Nick’s a goner?
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Frantic: Nick shouts for help as the tide rises
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