Do Not Park In Or Drive Through Swales
Do not drive through the swales, especially the ones full of water.
(April 2021) … This is a jeep thing I will never understand. Just because you may have seen it on that Toyota commercial. Which happened to be shot in Delaware Seashore State park. You can’t drive through the water on Delaware beaches. I mean you can to a degree, but yeah, no.
You damn sure don’t drive through swales (tide pools). When we pulled the guy above out a couple years ago he tried to do the same as this Jeep below.
Swales are literally quick sand. People can sink to their hips just wading across. I’ve seen some that are four feet deep with water. Any quicker and that Jeep would have been buried to the roof. Also don’t park near the surf line at low tide.
If the swale is wet but empty and you aren’t sure. Walk across the swale first. If you sink a little walking, guess what you shouldn’t do?
So this guy decided to try and drive through a swale today. Luckily Mark Giblin from Mag towing was there to pull this guy out. This is where parks needs to have the movie to show people how to drive on the beach and require it with your tag. We have tons of video and pictures, we can help with that.
So let’s review …
Never drive through a full swale, even when they are dry unless you check. Swales just after storms have water in the sand under them still draining.
Also don’t park near the surf line at low tide.
Park above the wrack line especially during low tide.