Early last Friday morning, members from Sons of Beaches 4x4 club along with Ben Olsen and Clean Sweep Excavation and Maintenance, in Seaside Oregon, were able to successfully remove the van that had become stuck in the surf near Gearhart on Wednesday August 22, 2018. 

The Sheriff’s office would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and their willingness to adjust their schedules to help get the beach cleaned up in a timely manner.


Previous Coverage:

On Thursday 8/23/2018 members from Affordable Tow and Sons and Beaches 4X4 club worked to remove the van and trailer that had become stuck in the surf on 8/22/2018.

When crews arrived the van was buried approximately 3 feet in the sand. Crews worked for approximately two hours and were able to remove the trailer but were unable to remove the van before the tide came in. Further attempts will be made when the tide is right and proper equipment is available.

The owner of the vehicle is cooperating with law-enforcement and has continued to remain in the area and pick up any debris that washes on shore.



On Wednesday August 22, 2018 at approximately 4:30 a.m., a van and small travel trailer became stuck in the surf near the Del Ray Beach access in Gearhart, Oregon. The owner of the vehicle contacted law-enforcement and several tow companies, however, a tow truck was not able to arrive on scene until the vehicle was halfway submerged in the ocean. An attempt will be made to remove the vehicle at the next safe opportunity.

The owner of the vehicle has remained in the area and has been cleaning up debris as it washes on shore. The United States Coast Guard has been at the location and is continuing to monitor for any oil or fuel leakage.


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Assuming smartphone is still available: Contact most popular local Youtuber and set up contract for percentage of revenue, get Uber to UHaul, rent largest truck, drive to industrial rental place, rent winch and extension cable, drive to beach and park close, but also safe distance from van, swim to van and attach cable to axle underwater, get resuscitated by female lifeguard, winch van and trailer out of ocean... probably not worth it due to water damage, but maybe made some money from Youtube revenue from people being entertained by the effort...?

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