A yellow digger has spent the past three days stuck in sand on a beach on Auckland's North Shore.
On Saturday at about 2pm, a 4x4 Landrover became stuck in the muddy sand in Little Shoal Bay near Auckland's Harbour Bridge. A yellow digger was sent in to rescue it, but ended up stuck in the sand.
Police attended the scene on Saturday and confirmed no one had been injured.
One witness told Newshub the digger became "fully submerged in the sand" and sunk further as the tide rose and made the sand softer and sloppier.
"In fear of making it worse by trying to drive it out, the digger operator then started to dig the surrounding sand to free space and make more room so that the digger could try and exit," the witness - who did not want to be named - said.
"This only led the digger to sink further."
Photos show the digger cab underwater as people looked on.
The digger remains on the beach as of Tuesday morning while authorities plan how to pull the machinery out of the mud. They're trying to coordinate how to get other heavy machinery to the digger as the tides change.