Tourist’s van submerged in Newquay harbour

People enjoying a day out in Newquay spotted a van being ‘swallowed up’ by the sea, after its owner parked it on the beach ahead of high tide. Whilst the holidaymaker owner has twice tried to rescue the van, witnesses say, they haven’t been successful – and it’s now almost completely submerged in Newquay harbour. Dramatic photos from the scene show crowds gathered around the harbour as a large silver van bobs along the water.

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The van is almost completely underwater

One local lady, named Tara, snapped some photos of the van this evening and said she feared the van’s oil could pollute the sea. “Holidaymakers parked on the beach.

The van is bobbing in the water and the oil is going to damage the sea,” she said. “They have tried twice to get it [the van] out.” “The harbourmaster told them not to park there this morning and they didn’t listen to the harbourmaster.” witness Stephen Moloney said. You can see a series of photos of the van stuck in the harbour in the gallery here:

It comes just hours after a van was spotted floating along an estuary in Exmouth, Devon while its owner allegedly ‘grabbed a pint in a nearby pub.’ The van was spotted submerged by passer-by Asia Litten at around 10am as she was on a morning stroll to watch her mum kayaking. She posted pictures of the van on a Facebook community page in the hope of finding the vehicle’s owner as she couldn’t see anyone inside the vehicle.

Asia told Devon Live: “The windows were down, but no one was inside. “I shared on the Exmouth Community page in the hope of alerting the owner.” She later claimed the owner had parked on the slipway at the Imperial Recreation Ground and forgot to move it.

Tourist's van submerged in Newquay harbourThe van was parked on a tidal slipway in Exmouth

Another passer-by captured the rescue efforts as a 4×4 truck tried to ‘winch the van out’ of the thick mud that lines the estuary.

Online reaction to Asia’s post has been mostly humorous, with people leaving funny one liners about the bleak situation. One person wrote: “Sorry Sir, that’s not the car wash.” Another said: “Sat-nav told me this was the quickest way to Dawlish.”

Someone else joked: “It’s probably the Hermes van that has my dress.” Others turned to joking about controversial parking charges in the town. One asked: “Trying to avoid a parking ticket?”

Another wrote: “I’m not paying GBP1 for parking that’s outrageous.” Want our best stories with fewer ads and alerts when the biggest news stories drop? Download our app on iPhone or Android

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