Van floats into estuary while owner ‘grabs a pint’

A white van has been caught in the merciless estuary tides in Exmouth. The van was spotted afloat 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.

:Superyacht Princess X95 ‘pleasure craft’ returns to Salcombe 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 found out that the owner had parked on the slipway at the Imperial Recreation Ground and forgot to move it.

Asia said: “It turns out someone parked up, had a few drinks and forgot they left it there!” 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.

Van floats into estuary while owner 'grabs a pint'

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.”

Van floats into estuary while owner 'grabs a pint'

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.” But one member of the community group was concerned about the environmental impact of a van getting caught in the water. They said: “Should put a ban on people parking down there.

Van floats into estuary while owner 'grabs a pint'

“The Estuary is an important nature reserve and most cars leak fluids even more so when they are submerged under water.”

The owner of the van was not in the vehicle at the time of it being submerged in the water. Get the best stories about the things you love most curated by us and delivered to your inbox every day. Choose what you love here

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