Car has to be towed off the beach after bad decisions were made

 A holidaymaker attempting to pick up a jetski from a beach in Thurlestone was left stranded and angry when his VW Touareg got stuck in the sand. 

Having to push the car out of the sand - Edward Griffiths


Edward Griffiths, who lives in South Milton, witnessed the whole incident on Leas Foot on Sunday night. Edward, who was just hoping for a "quiet swim" when he went down to the beach, said it all started at about 6.30pm.

When some children started laughing at them the wife lashed out 

"They drove across private land and a footpath to get there, and when they realised they couldn't leave, some hilarity ensued and they verbally abused a 12-year-old girl amongst others." Edward explained. "When some children started laughing at them the wife lashed out and called a friend's daughter a slag."

The jetski they were trying to collect - Edward Griffiths 

The party managed to get a friend with a Range Rover to eventually tow the car up the pedestrian access to get it out, which took half an hour, and it took another hour and a half to manually haul the jetski and the trailer up to the car park of Thurlestone Golf Club.

They had to get 10 people to push the car back up the beach 

Edward continued: "They had to get 10 people to push the car back up the beach", adding that a couple of people jumped in to help the extended family. 

The VW Touareg being towed off the beach - Edward Griffiths


"It was pretty side-splitting for a lot of us down there whilst it was happening, it was just sad they couldn't see the funny side of things. The girl they yelled at was actually at the beach with the wife of the nearest local farmer, and she heard everything, so no chance of help from a tractor!"

 The girl they yelled at was actually at the beach with the wife of the nearest local farmer, and she heard everything, so no chance of help from a tractor!

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  1. Edward Grithiffith I think you are disgusting making fun of a mother of 3 small children who was experiencing a very frightening situation, have you no compassion???, you obviously don't know or even care that when people are faced with a dilemma, people often react out of character, what gives you the right to mock and humiliate??? The lady you mocked is my daughter,you obviously don't know this lovely lady, this lovely lady is a wonderful mother and is well respected by many who know her

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    1. I think you'll find that people act more IN character when stressed than out of character. Calling a young girl "a slag" is not pleasant, even if you are stressed.

      And why were they stressed in the first place? Because they were doing something they shouldn't have been, they put people in danger at the end of the day and are lucky that the most serious thing that has happened to them is that they have been laughed at and the story published on this blog.

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    2. I think you'll find that people act more IN character when stressed than out of character. Calling a young girl "a slag" is not pleasant, even if you are stressed.

      And why were they stressed in the first place? Because they were doing something they shouldn't have been, they put people in danger at the end of the day and are lucky that the most serious thing that has happened to them is that they have been laughed at and the story published on this blog.

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    3. If you're going to have a go at me you could at least try and spell my name right XD.

      Definitely agree with Adam T though, and "lovely" is the last word I'd use to describe your daughter's behaviour.

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    4. If your daughter was a good mother she wouldn't call a twelve year old a slag.

      Secondly your daughter actually put other people in danger with her own stupidity. She deserves EVERY insult she gets for this. Hopefully it will teach her to not be so utterly stupid in future.

      Stop trying to play the victim card for her. She got herself in that situation so she can deal with the consequences and let's face it, the consequences of acting like an idiot are that people call you an idiot. If she doesn't want people to point out that she's an idiot then maybe she shouldn't act like one.

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  2. I don’t condone the mocking but it seems this year in particular, people have lost all their common sense! If they are such a respectful family why did they drive over private land? Surely it would be more sensible to have used a public slip way like the one close by at HopeCove !!!

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    1. See fact & you may feel more clearer about the situation.

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  3. Thank you kindly for writing an article on what could have been a very serious distressing situation. Unfortunately for you the article is only to try and make yourself look funny ... very one sided !

    May I point out the facts -

    The jet ski was launched from Salacombe beach, unfortunately the jet ski broke down, the family tried all they could to get the jet ski back however with a higher chance of the jet ski sinking the family made the decision to retrieve the trailer from said beach to retrieve the jet ski.

    On return a decision that was made proved to be the wrong one- taking the 4x4 to the beach to retrieve the jet ski. Permission was granted from the coast guards, a 999 call was made & permission sought.

    As the tide came in the car was stuck in the sand, a hardworking family of 3 young children’s livelihood was about the be washed out to sea.

    A group of children & adults found it highly amusing & was shouting out ‘ what absolute banter this is, laughing, calling the family names & filming the family, including their young children, this continued throughout the situation 4+hours.
    As the goading continued an argument occurred of which both parties where apart off, with panic arising and sheer upset cross words where said. Regrettably as this is not the family’s nature.

    After 4 hours of determination, hard work from some fantastic holiday makers & some individual locals, the car & boat where rescued.

    This was a very distressing situation for a family who have come to Devon to spend their hard earned money, eating out at local restaurants, camping, day’s out.... keeping the communities going, that like them have suffered with the recent global situation.

    Unfortunately it only showed how a few of the locals feel, nothing but nastiness, with the lovely William Waterson & Thomas Berryman shouting at the distressed mum in front of her 3 young children, laughing at her and repeating the word Slag to her at high voices. Such a shame you behaved this way as you own local businesses expecting tourists like ourselves to keep you afloat.

    To sum up the FACTS I would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us, for looking after us & helping us. 😀

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    1. The absolute cheek of you to name and blame two innocent children of shouting words that first came out of your mouth is unreal!!!
      As a bistander to the whole situation I witnessed you calling a young girl a slag and shouting at these two young boys calling them ‘fat little c**ts’ after they were just simply playing in the water having fun with their friends. The fact you have had to go to such effort to find their names and try and pass the blame of your vile mouth to them is just immature for someone who is a ‘wonderful mother’ it is quite embarrassing.
      May I add, the husband and other family members were very calm and polite and appreciated any help that was given, even the help that was given from the parents of the said two boys. It’s just a shame for the very rude and disrespectful behaviour of the women, who is so called ‘a lovely lady’, to act so irrationally and nasty towards what were innocent people.

      Please question yourself and the way you act next time you try and post a bias and false report on a local newspaper, trying to blame local lads 👍🏽

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  4. If I was the farmer I might have accidentally built a nice big sandcastle behind the car with my tractor that would teach them to be abusive to the locals!!����

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