Some years ago I went to a steam fair. A traction engine had descended a moderate slope to a stream (presumably to take on water) and had sunk to its axles.
A heavy Scammell equipped with a hydraulic winch was called to the rescue, it sank a barn-door sized spade anchor into the ground and connected up a rusty 3" wire rope. As the winch bit, the wire rope pinged and 6"lengths of broken wire stuck out a right-angles to the rope. vibrating. There were loads of people around, including kids, and no-one seemed bothered. I beat a very hasty retreat and hoped for the best.