Kayaks that parked their cars on a ramp find their cars SUBMERGED when they return

Oops! Kayaks that parked on a slipway turn red in the face after going out into the water only to find their cars SUBMERGED when they return

  • Group bypassed nearby public parking to get as close to the water in Exmouth
  • Frantically they rowed back in their canoes when they realized what was happening.
  • Distraught owners of the blue Peugeot 3008 came back first and managed to get out

Two kayaking couples who ignored a “no parking” sign were left red in the face after their cars ended up submerged in the water as the tide rose.

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

However, the two couples, believed to be in their 40s, misjudged the tide that left the two vehicles semi-submerged in seawater.

They rowed frantically in their canoes when they realized what was happening.

The group bypassed the nearby public parking lot to get as close to the water’s edge as possible in Exmouth, Devon.

However, the two couples, believed to be in their 40s, misjudged the tide that left the two vehicles semi-submerged in seawater.

However, the two couples, believed to be in their 40s, misjudged the tide that left the two vehicles semi-submerged in seawater.

The owners of the blue Peugeot 3008 came back first and, after frantically pulling out the water, managed to steer it ashore.

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

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

The flooded engine had to be towed as the engine would not turn.

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

“As we lowered our paddle boards down the ramp, we could see the two cars, which were parked at the bottom of the ramp on the beach.

The 'confused' owners of the blue Peugeot 3008 returned first and, after frantically taking the water out, managed to steer it ashore

The ‘confused’ owners of the blue Peugeot 3008 returned first and, after frantically taking the water out, managed to steer it ashore

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

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

“Both were partially submerged, the silver one lower in the water with all the lights flashing.

“A few minutes later, a couple in a two-person kayak arrived looking quite confused. They quickly got into the blue car.

“After a few tries, they managed to get the car on the launch pad.

“Soon after, another couple arrived, also by kayak.

“By this point we had rowed a bit, heard the sound of an engine revving and turned to see the car struggling on the slipway amidst a lot of noise, choppy water and an interesting smell of burning.

“I think the silver car was towed away by one of the other people watching.

Eyewitness Heather Smith, 43, a retail worker, said: 'I was going for an evening paddle in the estuary with my partner and there was a large group forming on the bank.  As we lowered our paddle boards down the ramp, we could see the two cars, which were parked at the bottom of the ramp on the beach.

Eyewitness Heather Smith, 43, a retail worker, said: ‘I was going for an evening paddle in the estuary with my partner and there was a large group forming on the bank. As we lowered our paddle boards down the ramp, we could see the two cars, which were parked at the bottom of the ramp on the beach.

“Both couples accepted everything willingly, despite everything, they were in a good mood.

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

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

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

There was little sympathy for drivers on social media, who were told they should have used the parking lot like everyone else.

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

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

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