Safari to Spurn Point needs helping hand after vehicle gets stuck

: The ex-army “unimog” vehicle had to pulled out of the sand but the nature safari visitors were still able to walk to their destination of Spurn Point

Spurn Point

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VISITORS enjoyed a guided tour of a Yorkshire beauty spot - although suffered a sinking feeling along the way.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust held the first of its "Spurn Safari" tours at Spurn Point on Saturday, but the 24 visitors had to evacuate the ex-army "unimog" vehicle used for the tour after it became stuck in sand.

They continued on foot while a tractor was called to rescue the vehicle in time for the latter part of the tour.

The tourists were given a guided talk about the peninsula, on the Humber on the east coast, including about its history as a military base; its wildlife; and last December's devastating sea surge, which destroyed the road and made it inaccessible for cars.

Guide Andy Mason said the closure of the road was already benefitting wildlife. As well as being a haven for birds and wildflowers, there are also deer on the peninsula.

The unimog became stuck early on the tour but was pulled free and the group was able to get back on later on and a smoother route back was found.

The second Spurn Safari is from noon to 2pm next Saturday. The cost £10 a head and places must be booked by phoning 01904 659570 or emailing info@ywt.org.uk

The nature reserve is also hosting the annual Spurn Migration Festival from September 5 to 7, giving the chance to see the spectacle of birds beginning their autumn migration. For ticket information or to book, phone 01904 659570 or email info@ywt.org.uk

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8:33am Tue 19 Aug 14

pedalling paul says...

Maybe a DUCKW would have been more appropriate.........
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Maybe a DUCKW would have been more appropriate......... . pedalling paul
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8:58am Tue 19 Aug 14

Kevin Turvey says...

Thats what happens when you think a 4x4 will get you through anything!

Skill of the driver is also required and is a large percentage of the equation.

A Unimog has portal axles to aid ground clearance and diff locks, a skilled driver would not had ended up in that situation in the first place and if they had would have driven it out in low ratio box with diff locks engaged.

Having ridden and driven many times in the Sahara and other challenging terrain sometimes using professional logistical support I have seen many bogging but all have been swiftly dealt with.

Perhaps some training and experience by the driveris called for before they take paying punters out next time!

What was it Sparks said ? " Amatuer hour goes on and on..."
Thats what happens when you think a 4x4 will get you through anything! Skill of the driver is also required and is a large percentage of the equation. A Unimog has portal axles to aid ground clearance and diff locks, a skilled driver would not had ended up in that situation in the first place and if they had would have driven it out in low ratio box with diff locks engaged. Having ridden and driven many times in the Sahara and other challenging terrain sometimes using professional logistical support I have seen many bogging but all have been swiftly dealt with. Perhaps some training and experience by the driveris called for before they take paying punters out next time! What was it Sparks said ? " Amatuer hour goes on and on..." Kevin Turvey
  • Score: 21

10:07am Tue 19 Aug 14

dsom73 says...

Kevin Turvey wrote:
Thats what happens when you think a 4x4 will get you through anything!

Skill of the driver is also required and is a large percentage of the equation.

A Unimog has portal axles to aid ground clearance and diff locks, a skilled driver would not had ended up in that situation in the first place and if they had would have driven it out in low ratio box with diff locks engaged.

Having ridden and driven many times in the Sahara and other challenging terrain sometimes using professional logistical support I have seen many bogging but all have been swiftly dealt with.

Perhaps some training and experience by the driveris called for before they take paying punters out next time!

What was it Sparks said ? " Amatuer hour goes on and on..."
Very true. The old Land Rover mantra: "Vehicles don't get stuck, drivers get stuck" comes to mind.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Turvey[/bold] wrote: Thats what happens when you think a 4x4 will get you through anything! Skill of the driver is also required and is a large percentage of the equation. A Unimog has portal axles to aid ground clearance and diff locks, a skilled driver would not had ended up in that situation in the first place and if they had would have driven it out in low ratio box with diff locks engaged. Having ridden and driven many times in the Sahara and other challenging terrain sometimes using professional logistical support I have seen many bogging but all have been swiftly dealt with. Perhaps some training and experience by the driveris called for before they take paying punters out next time! What was it Sparks said ? " Amatuer hour goes on and on..."[/p][/quote]Very true. The old Land Rover mantra: "Vehicles don't get stuck, drivers get stuck" comes to mind. dsom73
  • Score: 13

10:33am Tue 19 Aug 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Interesting photos, but I don't see the Point.
Interesting photos, but I don't see the Point. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 7

12:18pm Tue 19 Aug 14

sheps lad says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Interesting photos, but I don't see the Point.
Subtle!!
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Interesting photos, but I don't see the Point.[/p][/quote]Subtle!! sheps lad
  • Score: 0

7:02pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Mark-In-Acomb says...

They were Spurned!
They were Spurned! Mark-In-Acomb
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9:43pm Tue 19 Aug 14

MouseHouse says...

Spurn Point is a fascinating part of the country. I used to go on a regular basis but must admit not been for five years or more. This story has re-lit my love of the place. I'll be booking a trip.

I assume it's OK to walk not part of a tour?
Spurn Point is a fascinating part of the country. I used to go on a regular basis but must admit not been for five years or more. This story has re-lit my love of the place. I'll be booking a trip. I assume it's OK to walk not part of a tour? MouseHouse
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