Car buried in sand shows power of Storm Frank
Published 05/01/2016 | 06:46
These photographs show how the powerful Storm Frank was able to bury a car in the sand after it was trapped on a beach in Meath.
The pictures, which were taken on the strand at Bettystown, show a small two-door car almost swallowed by the sand.
Pat Shortt from the nearby Bettystown Caravan Park said he regularly sees people in a panic trying to get their cars off the beach when the tide starts coming in, as people often park way beyond where signs advise them to.
"Every so often you'll see people trying to dig or push their cars out of the sand around 200 to 300 yards beyond the signs that say 'no cars beyond this point'," he told the Herald.
"This is proof of what happens when you ignore warning signs."
The stricken car was eventually dug out of the beach by Meath County Council using a digger, but it had to be scrapped because of the damage it sustained.
The sand was above its wheels and had filled the car through the open driver's window.
From the position of the car and the depth to which it was buried, it could be seen that the tide had washed in and out over the car several times.
"We've had some very high tides and stormy seas over the past few weeks - the car was wrecked," added Mr Shortt.
A spokesman for Meath County Council advised people to heed warning signs regarding parking at beaches and to pay close attention to tide times.
It also advised drivers not to leave cars unattended, as tides can move extremely quickly.
The consistency of sand is also known to change as the tide approaches, meaning it could be very difficult to move a vehicle even if the water has not yet reached it.