Tide waits for no man (or jet ski fans ... )

The Land Rover stuck in the sand is visible in the distance. Photo: Duncan Hogg.

The Land Rover stuck in the sand is visible in the distance. Photo: Duncan Hogg.

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Surfers and watersport enthusiasts are known for their laid-back character, letting nothing in life faze them, but sometimes a little more focus might just be needed.

One 4x4 type vehicle driver nearly found this out to their considerable cost at Leven beach on Saturday afternoon after being well and truly stuck in the rising tide at around 4.00 p.m.

The vehicle, which usually costs thousands more than an average family car, was driven down on to the shore, apparently to retrieve a jet ski.

However, according to one passer-by it ended up being the one needing retrieved as it got stuck in the sand and incoming tide and was submerged up to its wing mirrors.

The eyewitness said some of the driver’s friends, also with 4x4 vehicles and a little more skill, were able to tow the vehicle to safety.

As our picture above shows a police vehicle attended the incident, but watched from the putting green car park.

It’s not the first time its happened. In May 2008 a boat owner’s Jeep Cherokee was submerged up to its steering wheel at the same spot and it took a local garage to rescue it.

On that occasion a crowd of 70 people watched from the promenade.