US Tourists get stuck in sand after trying to drive to island two miles off Welsh coast

The car was stuck for around three hours. Credit: Wales News Service

Two American tourists ended up stranded on a beach after they attempted to drive to an island - two miles off the Welsh coast.

The holidaymakers had hoped to drive their hire car to Caldey Island to see the remote community of Cistercian monks who live there.

But their Sat Nav didn't tell them they needed a ferry to reach the island - and the boats don't even run at this time of year.

Luckily for the couple, passers-by came to their aid and helped dig the car out of the sand on Tenby beach before it was pulled free by a 4 x 4.

Witnesses said the couple were "highly embarrassed" by the incident.

The couple were surprised they couldn't drive to Caldey, and highly embarrassed when they got stuck. They won't be the first to have their vehicle rescued from the beach, but possibly the first to have set a Sat Nav for Caldey.

Pete Prosser, Local businessman

Cistercian Monks have lived on Caldey Island for more than 1,500 years and make a living by selling home-made perfume and chocolate to holidaymakers.

There are around a dozen monks currently living there and they spend most of their time living in silence.