DO NOT drive through the wet sand

The Quicksand is on the ocean side of the swale

So we keep saying do not park in or drive through swales. We thought it went without saying not to try to drive between the swale and the ocean, especially do not try to cross the drain (cut). In the wettest sand possible out there besides driving into the ocean. These fellows are learning the hard and expensive way right now. Only six vehicles on the beach this morning and the fellows four wheeling for fun are now stuck. Coastal towing to the rescue. Just because you don’t see a drain, that water in the swale is actually draining below the sand towards the ocean.

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2021 … Rolf Mair got a little jammed up a while back and was on his own “island” We have all done this at one point. When swales fill in you can get stuck on the “hump” between the swale and the ocean. Once you are there you are on an island. Hopefully that is all that happens. Water washing around your tires will sink your vehicle into the sand. Much like when you stand in the surf and your feet sink from the wave action.

Don’t park on the hump of sand between the swale and the ocean. Park above the last high tide wrack line. When the tide comes in that swale might fill with water, hundreds of feet away. Then all of a sudden you are on a sand bar surrounded by water, and can’t get out.
This vehicle survived this ordeal. Do Not Park Close To The Water At Low Tide after storms erode the beach.

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We parked real close to the swale edge and just walked in this was after a Sea Witch festival parade
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Sept 2021 … Faithful steward crossing flooded beyond the dune fence on the northside.
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2020 … Driver quickly changes their mind realizing this was a bad idea after the first splash of sandy water over the hood.
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2020 … Vehicle stuck in the swale or tide pool at coin beach in Delaware Seashore State Park … photo from Rich Feltz
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Jeep stuck in the quicksand of a swale at Faithful Steward
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