PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ZION
 
Comments: 5
Article views: 0
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all ZION's badges.
 

A game of recovery

21 February 2013, 09:01

It was a beautiful day, the sea was as calm as a mill pond and  a Saturday to boot.  My parents decided to pack up the braai accoutrements and collect cold beer on the way. All was loaded into the Valiant and we made our way to Langestrand which was a strip of beach stretching several kilometres, clean and devoid of litter and rubbish unloaded by less particular visitors.  The beach was quite a distance from the road so few people visited it.  On arrival we parked the vehicle so it could be seen from the sea.  It felt like being back in the army again: toting and sweating with the braai gear, awning and its poles. So we lay around, enjoying the sun and sand.  Quite a lot of drift wood had been washed out of the sea and after it was collected we could spare our own local kameeldoring hout. 

Later a convoy of military trucks passed us and parked a few hundred metres from where we were camped.  After some time we heard the convoy start up again but two were reversing into the sea. I knew what was coming because I had seen it before.  The beach had a sloping profile and so it connected to the sea and the water was fairly shallow.

The two trucks entered the water and when the depth was satisfactory they were halted, the trucks were cleaned and   The idea was to flood the engine compartment and in a given time.

 The truck would be driven out under its own power and of course that means the petrol engine had been partially submerged and had to be dried.  In this case one of the trucks rear wheel had become stuck in a tidal hole and could not budge.  The tide was coming in and one could see the soldiers frantically running around trying to free the truck. Later a rope was acquired and tied to the trucks. It broke within a metre but the truck remained stuck.  Quite a bunch of fishermen and their families were standing around offering advice which was accepted with a scowl and not used. Soon the wheels of the truck were underwater but the truck stayed put.  After some hours a roaring was heard and a recovery military vehicle passed us on its way to the mini disaster lower down.  When it stopped the recovery guys, amid much shouting and issuing orders reversed their truck close to the truck in the water.  A chain was connected to the vehicles and broke when put under tension.  We left late that afternoon but by Sunday the truck had been removed. A point of interest is that while the truck is in the water a back-                          wash around the tyres washes the sand away and the wheel sinks deeper.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Phillip Strydom
Where the whites are when the DA ...

We hope that the ones that benefit from our money and efforts who see it being stolen misused and wasted, that they will act. Read more...

0 comments 1570 views
Submitted by
Victor Jambase
How the SACP party destroyed Chri...

The SACP paid Chris Hani's legacy the ultimate insult by refusing to purchase the internet domain names that could have been used to protect and secure his online legacy. Read more...

0 comments 139 views
Submitted by
Andre Andy Huisamen
From the stands: Moving to Cape T...

My days at Newlands and specifically seats 0099 and 0100 in row D of Block C on the Grandstand level 2 has been nothing but special, but this game was the perfect way to finish it off.  Read more...

0 comments 158 views
Submitted by
Peter Stenslunde
Cape Town water department cash c...

Who are these people that owe so much, who pays for this and why are they not being hauled before the courts like residents are when they don't pay their rates bills? Read more...

0 comments 153 views
Submitted by
Sibulele Lurewana
MY STORY: Cancer can be cured

Women are synonymous with strength, but finding out you have cancer when you’re in your 20s can dampen the spirit of any formidable woman. Read more...

0 comments 973 views
Submitted by
Jenny Hides
The SPCA responds too hastily

I was appalled to learn that the pets belonging to a single tenant of our retirement complex were recently removed by the SPCA as a result of a complaint of barking!  Read more...

0 comments 1227 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.