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4x4 sinks into town's harbour

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A jetski owner watched on helplessly as his 4x4 rolled into the water at a harbour and slowly sank.

The man watched on in horror with his pet dog as the brakes on his Honda CRV failed and the vehicle and its trailer rolled into Littlehampton Harbour.

The watersports enthusiast was reversing his car down Fisherman’s Quay in Littlehampton Harbour to collect his jetski but the brakes on the car failed and the vehicle continued to roll down the slope at about 9.15pm on Monday.

Lifeboat crew were on the scene for almost three hours helping to retrieve the waterlogged vehicle.

Nick White, lifeboat operations manager at RNLI Littlehampton, said: “Our guys kitted up and went into the water.

“The 4x4 was in about 20 yards from the edge of the water but it was quite difficult to run the lines to the car because we couldn’t see that far in the water and had to do it all by feel.

“We were concerned with the ebb of the tide that the car could be washed in deeper so we were keen to secure the car.

“Fortunately the car owner had another vehicle with a bit of grunt and was able to pull it clear.

“The brakes were still jammed down so we had to free them once the car came out of the water.

“I am no mechanic but I would guess the car is a write-off.”

Do you know the unfortunate jetski owner? Then contact The Argus on 01273 544530 or email neil.vowles@theargus.co.uk.

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10:41am Wed 25 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

So the brakes failed yet they were jammed on when the vehicle was retrieved?

We're being told porkies again.
So the brakes failed yet they were jammed on when the vehicle was retrieved? We're being told porkies again. stevo!!
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11:02am Wed 25 Jun 14

sussexram40 says...

Very strange, One less Chelsea tractor on the congested urban streets though!
Very strange, One less Chelsea tractor on the congested urban streets though! sussexram40
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Wed 25 Jun 14

BlackRocker says...

I like the idea of such events becoming a regular spectator sport.
I like the idea of such events becoming a regular spectator sport. BlackRocker
  • Score: 7

2:49pm Wed 25 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

“Fortunately the car owner had another vehicle with a bit of grunt and was able to pull it clear.

I have never heard the expression "with a bit of grunt" before?!
“Fortunately the car owner had another vehicle with a bit of grunt and was able to pull it clear. I have never heard the expression "with a bit of grunt" before?! getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -10

3:21pm Wed 25 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
“Fortunately the car owner had another vehicle with a bit of grunt and was able to pull it clear.

I have never heard the expression "with a bit of grunt" before?!
Really?

It's fairly common.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: “Fortunately the car owner had another vehicle with a bit of grunt and was able to pull it clear. I have never heard the expression "with a bit of grunt" before?![/p][/quote]Really? It's fairly common. stevo!!
  • Score: 5

4:24pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
“Fortunately the car owner had another vehicle with a bit of grunt and was able to pull it clear. I have never heard the expression "with a bit of grunt" before?!
I've never heard of someone driving two vehicles at once (although, of course he may just have lived very close)- maybe a little bit of error has crept into the article here?
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: “Fortunately the car owner had another vehicle with a bit of grunt and was able to pull it clear. I have never heard the expression "with a bit of grunt" before?![/p][/quote]I've never heard of someone driving two vehicles at once (although, of course he may just have lived very close)- maybe a little bit of error has crept into the article here? Goldenwight
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4:35pm Wed 25 Jun 14

NickBrt says...

Talking of bit of grunt, how IS Jason these days?
Talking of bit of grunt, how IS Jason these days? NickBrt
  • Score: 3

6:40pm Wed 25 Jun 14

KarenT says...

What the hell is with the FIVE automatic links in this editorial? All to some rip-off website that tries to get you to part with money? WHAT is going on???
What the hell is with the FIVE automatic links in this editorial? All to some rip-off website that tries to get you to part with money? WHAT is going on??? KarenT
  • Score: -5

6:56pm Wed 25 Jun 14

KarenT says...

KarenT wrote:
What the hell is with the FIVE automatic links in this editorial? All to some rip-off website that tries to get you to part with money? WHAT is going on???
Sorted. It was a virus. If anyone else experiences this just google a remedy - you just need to eliminate the spyware. Bastords!
[quote][p][bold]KarenT[/bold] wrote: What the hell is with the FIVE automatic links in this editorial? All to some rip-off website that tries to get you to part with money? WHAT is going on???[/p][/quote]Sorted. It was a virus. If anyone else experiences this just google a remedy - you just need to eliminate the spyware. Bastords! KarenT
  • Score: -6

7:08pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Jetsamandflotsam says...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHA Jetsamandflotsam
  • Score: -1

8:07pm Thu 26 Jun 14

abracadab says...

Probably reasonable to assume the tractor was comprehensively insured.
Probably reasonable to assume the tractor was comprehensively insured. abracadab
  • Score: 1

8:17pm Thu 26 Jun 14

MasonStorm says...

Woman driver?
Woman driver? MasonStorm
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8:37pm Thu 26 Jun 14

antipope says...

Good news at last! The fact that 4x4s and SUVs have become so incredibly popular and successful is proof that human intelligence is in terminal decline. The sooner and quicker they (I mean these tractors!) disappear the better for everyone.
Good news at last! The fact that 4x4s and SUVs have become so incredibly popular and successful is proof that human intelligence is in terminal decline. The sooner and quicker they (I mean these tractors!) disappear the better for everyone. antipope
  • Score: 1
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