Mystery car left parked underwater is declared a hazard to shipping

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A car which was left seemingly parked underwater was declared a floating hazard to shipping after the driver abandoned the 4×4. Boat owners issued a warning on Monday to be aware of the vehicle which had become submerged in the sea when the tide came in.The vehicle was beached at Newquay Ridge off of Appledore in Devon on Sunday and was deemed at hazard to shipping.Appledore Lifeboat Station warned: “There is a car stuck right in the middle of the deep channel at the moment,” and added, “apparently it does drift up and down the channel with the tide so at high tide could be further upriver.”It is not known how the car came to be parked where it was, but it is thought the driver might have tried to cross the mud flats before getting stuck and abandoning the vehicle. The car was mysteriously ‘parked’ 50 yards out from the shore in an estuary where the rivers Taw and Torridge flow down from Exmoor and meet before flowing out into the Bristol Channel.The estuary, between the seaside villages of Appledore and Instow, has one of the highest tidal rises and falls in the world.When the tide goes out, the channel of water narrows but local people are wary of wading out because there are treacherous quicksands which have claimed lives in the past. A warning was issued by Bideford Coastguard and a spokesperson said: “We would like to remind people of the danger the soft mud and sand of the Taw and Torridge Estuaries and that you should never try to cross on foot or by vehicle.“If you do get into trouble in the area,on the beach, coastline or coastal location remember to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”We have properly trained teams and equipment to rescue you should you get into trouble on the coast.”

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