The manual says that the front recovery point is not for off road recovery, but I have had it confirmed by Landrover that this is basically a disclaimer. It is quite solid and strong enough for snatch recovery.
Regarding my MY2017 DS HSE, Landrover Customer Relations advised me as follows in quotes:
"The on road recovery loads run to a maximum of 0.5x GVM.
. The excess capacity in hand up to 2x GVM is to support off road recovery. It must however be noted that this recovery is to be conducted by a trained and experienced operator using suitable equipment.
. Off road recovery by an inexperienced operator can produce extremely high loads, leading to vehicle damage and potentially very serious injury
This explanation supports the information in the owner's handbook:
Warning: If the towing eyes are to be used for off-road recovery, it is essential that off-road driver training, covering recovery techniques, is undertaken.
So in summary:
. The Recovery Points can be used for off-road recovery
. Provided the recovery is performed by a trained and experienced operator using suitable equipment
. Failure to perform the off-road recovery correctly may result in vehicle damage and/or serious injury".
Undoubtedly recovery with a snatch strap can be extremely hazardous and needs to be done in the correct manner (and used as a last resort http://www.landroverclub.za.org/snatch_straps.htm
) . A lot of energy builds up in the strap and if it is not attached to something very strong, that something (e.g. a tow ball or a broken shackle) can become a missile capable of penetrating multiple layers of sheet metal, seats etc. You can find plenty of examples on youtube. Nowadays you can buy rope shackles which are much lighter than metal ones and not such a hazard if they break.
Most snatch straps come with little cloth parachutes to limit speed through the air. Note that tow ball bolts are not strong enough for the sideways forces involved in snatching and are highly likely to break converting the tow ball into a deadly missile. It is advisable for all personnel except the drivers to keep at least 1.5 snatchstrap lengths away from both vehicles while snatching. The other important rule is to go slowly in order to keep forces low, and avoid over stressing either vehicle. For the first try, travel slowly. The strap will extend, the moving vehicle will come to rest, and the energy in the strap will exert a pull on the bogged vehicle. If the first attempt does not succeed, try again with a bit more speed, and repeat.
Having said all that I have not done it myself so am sorry to say that all my knowledge is theoretical! The above is the result of research for an upcoming organised sand driving trip. I have been bogged in sand though, It happened the first time I took my DS on the sand to Stockton Beach near Newcastle (NSW). That was my error- going uphill without enough momentum. My Maxtrax got me out of that - highly recommend them. They will get you out of most situations, especially if you stop spinning the wheels as soon as you feel the vehicle digging in.
Its a very good idea to remove the cover on the front recovery point before you head out on your trip. See attachment.
I hope this helps and you have fun with your Disco up there in beautiful southern Queensland where I was born and raised. Would be interested how your Disco goes.