Crescent Head couple Marcus Skipper and Sally Ayre-Smith came to the rescue of an enormous bear sculpture and artists Dion Parker and Andrew Cullen, who became bogged in the sand for more than 12 hours, on Monday morning.
Ms Parker and Mr Cullen were travelling from Queensland to North Sydney to show their sculpture, known as Prickles the Unhuggable Bear, at an exhibition in North Sydney after they claimed the top prize at the SWELL Sculpture Festival for $15,000.
The two artists decided to make a detour to Crescent Head for a quick visit to the beautiful beaches on Sunday afternoon.
However, after attempting to drive along Back Beach, their van and trailer became bogged and they were forced to spend the night.
Fortunately, Mr Skipper and Ms Ayre-Smith embarked on their regular walk with their dogs early Monday morning and encountered the troubled tourists.
"We were walking down towards the beach and saw this large bear sculpture and I thought to myself 'what's going on here'?" Ms Ayre-Smith said.
"We spoke to them and realised they were stranded and Marcus said he would be able to help them out by giving them a tow.
" A short time later, Marcus had pulled the trailer and the van out and they were very appreciative."
After celebrating their escape from the sand, the four headed to the Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club for breakfast.
The two artists then continued their journey towards Sydney, with the aim to avoid scenic drives on beaches.
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