A pair of utes became stuck on Tahuna Beach in Nelson overnight after a towing incident.
The first ute became stuck around 6pm on Friday, while the second sank into the sand while trying to tow the first out, the Nelson Weekly reports.
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Efforts to try and get the pair out of the sand before high tide failed and they were inundated with water overnight.
A witness told Newshub they first noticed the trucks early in the morning while walking the dog.
There are plans afoot to use a truck with a crane to rescue the trapped utes, but the witness Newshub spoke to warned the truck's operator will need to be careful as the sand is very soft.
It's a lesson the ute owners found out the hard way.