A MOTORIST who called on the State Emergency Service (SES) when his vehicle became bogged in the sand abandoned the rescue vehicle when it then became bogged.
Esperance police Sergeant Beswick said the SES was called out to a report of a vehicle being bogged at Le Grand beach over the weekend with an implication of a medical emergency.
The SES members recovered the vehicle and pulled it out of the sand, before it was established there was no medical emergency.
In doing so, Sgt Beswick said the SES bogged themselves and their recently rescued vehicle made a dash, leaving them to call in extra resources.
“A police vehicle was among those called in to help and they managed to find the vehicle leaving the site and stopped them,” he said.
“The driver has since been summonsed for driving an unlicensed vehicle.”
Sgt Beswick said it was important to remember that should people bog themselves and there is no immediate threat to life, and it is not a medical emergency, motorists need to call a vehicle recovery organisation in town, not the police or SES.
“It is not a police nor SES responsibility to look after someone’s problem in relation to getting bogged on a beach,” he said.
If you are planning on four wheel driving, take the appropriate precautions to engage 4WD before hitting the beach and let your tyre pressure down before you do so.