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These dramatic footage present the second an ice cream van was washed out to sea – and a gaggle of heroes bumped into the waves in an try to save lots of the automobile from the rising tide.

The Kelly’s ice cream van bought caught within the sand on the western finish of Harlyn Bay seaside, North Cornwall, because the tide started to activate Sunday (7/7) afternoon. Despite a number of makes an attempt to drag the van out of the water, the tide was too sturdy, and it was left swirling in opposition to the rocks.

Images had been captured of the incident at round 4pm by holidaymaker Abi Fisk, who runs the Vintage Mary retailer. She mentioned she witnessed a 4×4 with a winch shut by attempting “really hard to pull it free” when it was first swept into the ocean.

Abi defined how “lots of surfers” and different folks on the seaside tried to assist.  She mentioned: “They managed to pull it a fair way up the beach while still surrounded by the incoming waves before it got stuck on rocks.”

Though because the tide was coming in ‘in a short time’ – the group was pressured to desert the van, and shortly afterwards the coast guards arrived.

Abi, of Stroud, Gloucestershire, added: “The coastguards will keep watch over ice cream van until the tide goes out and a local salvage team that are on standby can remove the ice cream van from the beach.”

Abi described the entire incident as “very strange” and one thing that had “come out of an end of the world film”. She mentioned: “The driver of the ice-cream van drove straight down the bottom of the beach – to the lowest point of low tide.”

“The beach was packed – it was the first proper summer beach day we have had in a couple days now, so it was a gorgeous day and he probably wanted the business.”

“But then the tide started coming in, and he couldn’t drive off. Some people in the car park in a 4×4 tried to winch him out, but the front tyre had sank into the sand. So they even tried to tow the van whilst it was stuck in the sea, but then it got completely wedged in some rocks.

“The man practically misplaced his 4×4 automobile himself so the lifeguards really useful he depart and so they take over.  “Not long after the 4×4 abandoned the ice cream van, the coast guards were keeping watch: observing it and making sure it didn’t go out any further, and no one swam out to it.”

“As you can imagine it was the best entertainment for everybody on the beach! Everyone stood there in amazement!”

“Even the surfers started surfing past the van – it was quite surreal and it looked like one of those end of the world films – where the Statue of Liberty is peeping out from the ocean and you have ice cream vans bopping about in the water.”

“Then last night at around 10pm, a local tractor driver got it out and that was that!”

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard mentioned the van proprietor organized for a restoration of the automobile at round 9.45pm, when the tide was low sufficient for restoration.

They mentioned in an announcement: “Just before 5 yesterday afternoon (07 July) HM Coastguard was made aware of an ice cream van that was caught by the tide at Harlyn Bay, Cornwall.”

“Padstow Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI Lifeguards were sent to ensure the safety of those involved. The driver was safe and well and not in the vehicle.”

“The owner arranged a recovery vehicle which recovered the van at around 9.45pm when tide receded enough for it to be safe to do so. Coastguard rescue officers left once the vehicle was recovered and in a safe location.”