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Super tow truck saves the day for stranded beachgoers

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Thomas Towing has been pulling drivers in Freeman Park out of the sand all weekend. Thomas Towing has been pulling drivers in Freeman Park out of the sand all weekend.

Thomas Towing has been pulling drivers in Freeman Park out of the sand all weekend.

Thomas Toby, owner of Thomas Towing, uses his oversized tow truck to pull stranded drivers from deep beach sand. Toby has named his monstrous truck ‘Brutus'. According to Toby, the truck is 9 feet tall, nearly 8 feet wide, and weighs over 13,000 pounds.

"We have more calls than we can count right now," Toby said Monday afternoon.

Toby said that his towing team has taken hundreds of tow calls this weekend.

"It varies back and forth between super frustrating and I've got the coolest job in the world," Toby explained.

"A lot of people think (their) car's all wheel drive. They think they can go anywhere these big trucks that are 4 wheel drive can and they can't," said Toby.

In a sea of vehicles, Toby and his team have reeled in bites all weekend. He said the best sand rescue all weekend was a monster truck with a broken part.

"The monster truck with the 60 inch tires was probably one of the coolest things we've towed ever," Toby elaborated.

Toby explained that his company doesn't just pull people for a quick pay day, they also do it for safety concerns.

"Our prices are approved by the police department and we're here at their request to make sure traffic keeps moving and so that everybody can get on and off the beach," said Toby.

Beach visitors have seen the results of multiple stall truck stalls.

"It can be sometimes 50, 60, or 100 cars easily on a holiday weekend if someone gets in front of them and gets stuck," Randy Stiwik, a Carolina Beach resident, said of the stalls.

Toby said his truck was an old military vehicle that he and his friends converted into a tow truck. It has been operating since last Labor Day.

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