Watch a Discovery 4 get (almost) taken by the ocean

Land Rover Discovery bogged on the beach
Land Rover Discovery bogged on the beach

It’s the 4WDer’s worst nightmare. Mine, at least. Driving on the beach is one of life’s great pleasures behind the wheel of a 4X4. But, along with the rust, fear of Davy Jones taking over is always in the back of your mind. That’s probably a good thing, because that worry usually keeps you out of trouble.

Things don’t go that way for this poor soul, whose flash and shiny Land Rover Discovery 4 got up close and personal with a rising tide. Of course, someone was filming it, and promptly posted it to Facebook. This video comes from Megan and Christopher Gillich; get shovelling!



Here is a video of the Discovery 4 after getting intimate with the salt water, still drivable. Apparently, the driver was keen to get some nice photos of the car before the low tide mark, and things got a bit out of hand.


If anything, this is a powerful cautionary tale. Driving on the beach, below the low tide mark is normally fine: hard-packed and smooth sand can make for easy, fast progress. But not all sands are the same, and soft, waterlogged spots can make for some serious trouble.

Always be aware of the tide, and what it’s doing. Is it high or low? Coming in or going out? What we don’t know if whether old mate aired down sufficiently, or had the car in the right modes to self-extricate. It looks like he had a shovel, but no other recovery gear at the ready.

Someone towed the vehicle out in the end, but not before it had a solid dose of saltwater, doing god-knows-how-much damage to the Rover.


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  • Ron, a real 4×4? Really? You are an idiot if you think it’s not a more-than-capable off-road vehicle.

    For everyone else, pretty disappointing someone could watch someone else loose upwards of $60k without trying to help (even if you had no recovery gear to assist, go give the guy a bloody hand shovelling or a push!!).

    Gives me the s***s when so-called 4×4 enthusiasts seem to forget that they were once ‘new to it’….and yeah learning the hard way is great sometimes but not if it costs you you’re pride and joy (or she’d -loads of cash).

    Help a brother out, yeah joke about it all you want but at least be humane about it.

  • This incident shows how inexperienced the driver is, it wouldn’t have made any difference what 4×4 he was driving that unforgettable day.

  • I’ll echo Cliff’s thoughts, amazingly it appears that people are more interested in making home videos of other people’s misfortune rather than trying to help out in whatever way they can. To be fair, not everyone is able to help and some are a hinderance when they do help. I experienced a similar situation in January this year at Fraser Island, a car bogged in soft sand, everyone drove straight past gloating rather than trying to help. It was rewarding for me to recovery them, the family were so appreciative. Maybe I should have taken a photo, posted to facebook and drove on without helping?

  • Ron, you are so wrong, the Discovery is a real 4×4, the operator is not a four wheel driver, has no respect for tides, beach and his vehicle.

  • The exact same thing happened to me more than 40 years ago on a surf beach in Southern Tasmania with a mini-moke. I was only 17, so can blame that for my silliness maybe. The sweet little car was ruined, and I’ve never made that mistake again.
    I agree that the photographer should have been helping, not just gloating at another’s mistake.
    I drive a Discovery now, and wouldn’t swap it for any other all wheel drive.

  • It is really sad to see that someone had the time to film but no time to help. I thought it was the 4WDers code to help others out, seems like the avid producers and directors forgot that.

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