The pioneering engineers responsible for successfully salvaging the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship are facing their 'most gruelling challenge yet' today, after Conservative politician Eric Pickles was discovered 'helplessly beached' between two sun loungers after falling on a family holiday in Benalmadena, Spain.
The highly skilled Italian crew, who were called just 'hours' after successfully turning the 114,000-tonne vessel, are currently travelling by air to meet with their desperate Spanish counterparts, who have seen several attempts to move the colossal 61-year-old fail.
'Twelve sunbrellas and at least three holidaymakers are missing', said distraught Costa del Sol Rescue crew member, Jose Ballas. 'We have attempted to roll Mr. Pickles on his back using a makeshift winch and a deflated dinghy, but it's just not enough; we need specialists'.
Pickles, who allegedly stumbled over a child when when returning from a beach cafe, horrifically crushing a row of unsuspecting sunbathers, has remained in the same position 'since yesterday afternoon', local reports claim.
Costa del Sol rescue team-leader, Carlos Enrique, said: 'Mr. Pickles was carrying a substantial amount of food before the incident, so naturally we suspect our next issue will be the smell. There is already a large flock of seagulls circling above that has mistaken Eric for a capsized fishing trawler'.
'Dozens of crank-like pulleys will use chains looped round his large gut to slowly rotate his body, just like on the Costa Concordia, only on a slightly larger scale', said Italian engineer, Roberto Del Marco. 'As for the missing beach-goers, it is possible that they could have fallen into an air-pocket within one of Eric's large side folds, although I wouldn't want to give the families of those involved any false hope', he added.