Kayakers who parked their cars on a slipway find their cars SUBMERGED

Oops! Kayakers who parked on a slipway are left red faced after they go out on the water only to find their cars SUBMERGED when they return

  • Group ignored the nearby public car park to get as close to water in Exmouth 
  • Frantically paddled back in their canoes when they realised what was happening 
  • Flustered owners of blue Peugeot 3008 got back first and were able to get out 

Two kayaking couples who ignored a ‘no parking’ sign were left red-faced after their cars ended up submerged in water when the tide came in.  

The group ignored nearby public car parks which charge up to £12 per day to get as close as possible to the water’s edge in Exmouth, Devon. 

However, the two couples, believed to be in their 40s, misjudged the incoming tide which left the two vehicles semi-submerged in sea water.

They frantically paddled back in their canoes when they realised what was happening.

The group ignored the nearby public car park to get as close as possible to the water’s edge in Exmouth, Devon

However, the two couples, believed to be in their 40s, misjudged the incoming tide which left the two vehicles semi-submerged in sea water

The ‘flustered’ owners of the blue Peugeot 3008 got back first and, after frantically scooping the water out, were able to drive it onto dry land.

But the driver of the silver Toyota Corolla estate was not so lucky.

Video footage shows the moment they opened the door to let out a torrent of seawater inside.

The flooded motor had to be towed out as the engine wouldn’t turn over.

Eye-witness Heather Smith, 43, a retail worker, said: ‘I was going for an evening paddle on the estuary with my partner and there was quite a group forming on the bank.

‘As we took our paddle boards down the slipway we could see the two cars, which had been parked at the bottom of the slipway on the beach.

The ‘flustered’ owners of the blue Peugeot 3008 got back first and, after frantically scooping the water out, were able to drive it onto dry land

Video footage shows the moment they opened the door to let out a torrent of seawater inside

‘They were both partially submerged, the silver one the lowest in the water with all its lights flashing.

‘A couple of minutes later a couple in a two-person kayak arrived looking quite flustered. They quickly got into the blue car.

‘After a couple of attempts they managed to get the car up onto the slipway.

‘Soon afterwards another couple arrived, also in a kayak.

‘At this point we had paddled off a little way, we heard the noise of a revving engine and turned to see the car struggle onto the slipway amid a lot of noise, churning water and an interesting burning smell.

‘I believe the silver car was towed further up by one of the other people watching.

Eye-witness Heather Smith, 43, a retail worker, said: ‘I was going for an evening paddle on the estuary with my partner and there was quite a group forming on the bank. As we took our paddle boards down the slipway we could see the two cars, which had been parked at the bottom of the slipway on the beach’

‘Both couples took the whole thing with good grace, despite the whole thing they were in good spirits.

‘The owners of the silver car had to call a friend out to come and tow them home.

‘Unfortunately, people don’t want to pay the high prices for parking, so some risk parking on the beach.

‘It’s easy to be surprised by the speed of the tide coming in around there, so if you’re out for the day on your kayak you can definitely get caught out.’

There was little sympathy for the motorists on social media who were told they should have used the car park like everyone else.

Viv Rosser said: ‘Just waiting for this to happen, people have no idea how fast the tide comes in.’

Jayne Harvey joked: ‘It’s had a good car wash.’

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