99s to 999: Ice cream van winched from beach

April 19, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

This ice cream seller went from 99s to 999 when his van got stuck on the beach – and he had to be winched free by rescue crews.

99s to 999 - Ice cream van winched from beach

Puwcao Fabrizio had to be pulled free after his vehicle’s rear wheels sank into the soft sand near the jetty at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.

A tractor belonging to Burnham-on-Sea’s Area Rescue Boat (BARB) charity quickly arrived at the scene and pulled the ice cream van free on Sunday morning.

Mr Fabrizio said: ”I was very grateful for BARB’s help after this unfortunate accident and have made a donation to cover their costs.

”Without their help, I would have been selling ice cream to the fish when the tide reached me!”

BARB volunteer Mike Lowe added: ”We were happy to help pull the vehicle free. It was another reminder about the potential dangers of soft sand and mud on our beaches.”

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