Land Rover emerges from Cornwall beach 30 years after sinking

Ronnie Hanney drove down to the water's edge when the car got stuck in the soft sand

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Visitors to a Cornish beach may have spotted a blast from the past emerging from the sand at low tide in recent weeks.

Shifting sands and big spring tides have revealed part of a Land Rover which got stuck there nearly three decades ago.

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The rear passenger side wheel, complete with a tyre that still appears to be full of air, has appeared and disappeared over the years as the sand has shifted.

However, last week, the chassis could also be seen as more of the Land Rover was uncovered at the beach, CornwallLive reported.

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Visitors to Gwithian beach may have spotted an unusual wreck emerging from the sand at low tide in recent weeks

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Part of the Land Rover which sank into Cornish sands 30 years ago

Upside-down and buried at the low water line on the beach in Gwithian, near Hayle, below Mexico Towans and Beachside Holiday Park. The Land Rover got stuck there 13 January 1990.

With 'Merry Christmas Cornwall' still painted on the side of it, the vehicle's owner Ronnie Hanney had driven his wife Margaret and daughters Gina and Vikki down to the water's edge that day and it got stuck in soft sand.

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A Land Rover pictured the day after it got stuck on Gwithian beach in Cornwall in January 1990

Gina Uren, who was 16 years old at the time, recalled: "It was one of the most embarrassing days of my life. We had parked up down by the shoreline, but we were in soft sand and when we tried to move the back wheels just kept spinning.

"The tide had turned and we couldn't get out in time, so I ran back up to the slip to try to find someone to help while people started to gather on the headland to watch.

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Ronnie Hanney points to his Land Rover the day after it got stuck on Gwithian beach in Cornwall in January 1990

"Once the water reached the Land Rover we couldn't do any more and we had to leave it.

"The funniest thing was, when my dad went back with a spade the next day to dig it out, all that was sticking out of the sand was the chassis and four wheels."

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These remarkable pictures show a Land Rover emerging from the sand on Cornish beach - 30 YEARS after it was swamped by the rising tide

Later that week, under the headline 'Land Rover Wrecked', a short article in The Cornishman reported the unfortunate event:

"The sand flats below Hayle Towans claimed an unusual wreck earlier this week when a 22-year-old Land Rover dropped into a hole and refused to budge.

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Visitors to Gwithian beach may have spotted an unusual wreck emerging from the sand at low tide in recent weeks

Credits: Cornwall Live / SWNS.com

The Land Rover was lost to the beach in 1990, but visitors today can now see the wreck

"Mr Ron Hanney of Water Lane, Hayle, owner of the disaster stricken vehicle, rushed home to get a tractor and pull it out, but the tide won the race."

Ronnie Hanney died at home in Hayle in December 2015, aged 69.

"In a way it's nice that he has left a legacy that is now part of Hayle, as he loved it here," said Gina. "Although, obviously it's not so good for the environment."

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