Tuesday 30 May 2017

Cars swept out into sea from popular Donegal beach

These are the dramatic pictures from a Donegal beach when cars were swept into the sea.

Thousands of euro in damage was caused to the vehicles after exceptionally high tides swamped them when they were left parked at Rossnowlagh beach.

One of the cars at Rossnowlagh beach
One of the cars at Rossnowlagh beach

The latest incident happened on Thursday evening when a new Ford was destroyed after becoming caught in the tide.

It comes just 24 hours after a Toyota was swept out to sea on the same beach.

One of the cars at Rossnowlagh beach
One of the cars at Rossnowlagh beach

Manager of the Sandhouse Hotel, Paul Diver, who witnessed the events told Independent.ie that the cars were “bopping about like rubber ducks in a bath.”

“On Wednesday and Thursday of this week there were some exceptionally high tides that came in much quicker than normal.

“On Wednesday a car was on the beach and it got stuck. Waves came in and smashed up on the rock and the car was totally destroyed.

“On Thursday another car was just driving along and got stuck in the sand. The tide had come in quickly and caught the car. It was turned over on its roof and was just bopping about like a duck in the water.”

One of the cars at Rossnowlagh beach
One of the cars at Rossnowlagh beach

The tides came in so quickly that they were unable to make any attempts to rescue the car, he said.

“It’s normal for cars to get stuck on the beach but usually a tractor or a jeep can tow them out.”

Rossnowlagh is one of the most popular beaches in Donegal and attracts huge crowds throughout the year.

He said that onlookers were shocked by the incident.

“Once they saw that no one was in the car it was quite a spectacle but it was frightening.”

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