When news of the chaos on the Isle of Wight made the national news on Thursday 21st June, 4×4 Response were already involved. 10 responders on the Island were key to bringing the queues under control, but with around 3,000 cars at the venue, more resources were needed.
Hampshire and Berkshire 4×4 Response led the support from the National 4×4 Response Network, and mobilised 24 responders equipped with tow-ropes, camping gear, and a sense of humour! By the end of Friday we had established an on-site control centre and were bringing some much needed relief to the on-site team.
TJ Nicolson, Chairman of HB4x4R and National Trustee, described the conditions as some of the worst he’d ever seen, but our responders kept going pulling people out of the muddy car park and helping them get safely home.
We estimate approximately 2,800 cars parked at the festival, and most of them were either towed in, towed out, or both!