The driver of a luxury Mercedes 4X4 has discovered, the hard way, one of the big snags about using Penarth’s foreshore as a temporary car park … the Bristol Channel tide.
The Merc – and its boat trailer – had been parked-up on the shore alongside the mostly disused Northern Promenade – out of the sight of any prying parking wardens.
…But the driver hadn’t reckoned with the rise and fall of the current run of big spring tides.
It wasn’t long before the £50,000 car – with the registration letters “SAD” – was looking a bit sorry for itself – and taking a paddle, with the sea lapping around its wheels.
Eventually the owner did manage to retrieve the vehicle and its trailer – but the incident provided a graphic warning to any other motorists who might be tempted to try to park on the shore without first consulting the tide tables.