Abandoned ice cream van gets washed out to sea


Dramatic footage shows an ice cream van thrown at the cliffs as its washed out to sea. The video, taken at Harlyn Beach, north of Newquay, shows the van be dragged out to sea in rough waves this afternoon (Sunday, July 7).

Pictures seen by CornwallLive from the scene show a number of do-gooders rush into the sea to attempt to rescue the van before it was swept out to sea. People were in waist high water, trying to keep the ice cream van from being taken by the tide.

People can be seen enjoying the sea behind the van, which was submerged by the tide. Pictures seen by CornwallLive shows a large crowd of people gathering, while the van's wheels become stuck in the sand.

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Even after a vehicle was called to attempt to tow the van back to the safety of shore, the van was left to be taken by the incoming tide. The ice cream van was eventually abandoned and left to be taken by the waves, resulting in the van being thrashed against the cliff face.

-Credit:Sophie Mason
-Credit:Sophie Mason

One eyewitness reported that the driver of the van left the scene, leaving their van to be swept out to sea. The footage from the beach shows the ice cream van being thrown around the bay. Huge waves have flooded the inside of the van, crashing over the freezers inside.

It is not known if the van has been reported to the Coastguard. It is not believed that anyone was injured during the attempted rescue.

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