LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Cameron Parish Sheriff Ron Johnson is warning people heading out to the beaches to be mindful of where you park. Some vehicles and RVs are being buried by rising tides.
“Every weekend, there’s somebody,” says volunteer Dave Reirden, who tows vehicles regularly.
“I came last weekend and over there, about a mile down there, they had an RV just floating - total loss,” says Brody Trahan.
Tides shift rather quickly so it may not take long before a vehicle is underwater.
“We’ve had to help quite a few people out,” says Reirden. “People come to the beach, and it’s a beautiful beach. It’s packed most of the time, the sand is; but sometimes it’s not. People bring two-wheel drive trucks, and they get stuck.”
Some drivers say it’s a matter of following the path in the sand and driving suitable vehicles.
“Four-wheel drive, and stay on the path everybody else rides,” says Phillip Smith.
Even with four-wheel drive vehicles, some can still get stuck.
“We’ve been out here about 12 hours soaking in the sun, and yeah, we got stuck about 3 times and had to push it out every time,” says Adam Reiners.
“The first time it didn’t take us too long. The second time, we were about a mile down there, and it took us about 30 minutes to push it out,” says Trahan.
Sheriff Johnson says getting stuck is not the only problem. He says some drivers are using the beach as a racetrack.
“Yeah, it gets kind of wild sometimes,” says Smith.
“We’ve seen it: people with the side-by-sides and four-wheel drive trucks, and they are sort of tearing the beach up,” says Reirden. “It’s not good for Rutherford, for them to do that.”
Law enforcement says the speed limit is posted at 10 miles per hour on the beaches.
“There’s no reason to bring your Razor or fast vehicle on the beach to drive fast, because you’ll get ticketed or maybe even arrested if it’s severe enough,” warns Sheriff Johnson.
If you do head to the beach and plan to drive in the sand, be careful. Have a tow strap in hand if you can, and remember to never drive over the dunes.