Tractor retrieving dead whale is stranded at Cornish beach

A tractor has been washed up into the sea at Perranporth beach after trying to retrieve a whale carcass that appeared on the beach.

Crews from St Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue team were called out this morning to a report of a whale and a tractor on the beach.

When they arrived they found that the remains of a 2.5-metre whale and a tractor had become stuck on the beach, where local officials had been attempting to remove the carcass when the tractor tasked with the retrieval became stuck in the sand as the tide approached.

Audience gathers as tractor trapped at Perranporth beach
(Image: Marilyn Baniaga)

It led to the tractor being abandoned, with the team from the coastguards ensuring everyone had made it to safety, with the tractor set to be recovered at the next low tide.

A spokesperson for the St Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue team wrote on Facebook: “Tasked to a report of a whale and a tractor stuck on the beach.

The tractor washed up in the tide at Perranporth Beach
The tractor washed up in the tide at Perranporth Beach
(Image: David Nancarrow)

“As teams arrived on the scene it was established that the remains of a 2.5-metre whale had been washed up. Local beach officials had been attempting to remove the carcass when the tractor became stuck in the sand with the tide coming in.

“The tractor was abandoned. Team stood by and ensured that everyone had made it to safety. The tractor will be recovered on the next low tide. The team was stood down and returned to station.”

Cornwall Live