The Coastguard has issued a shipping warning for the Bristol Channel after a car got swept out to sea.
A brand-new Vauxhall Corsa hire car got stuck in some soft sand in Mumbles, in Swansea, and then was brushed out to sea during the high tide and now the coastguard crews are concerned that it could be floating anywhere in the Channel, one of Britain’s busiest shipping lanes.
The male driver and his wife managed to escape the car long before it became submerged on the slipway to the water’s edge but despite a two-hour emergency services attempt they were still unable to recover the vehicle.
Officials have alerted all vessels in the Channel to be cautious after fears it has drifted all the way to the Devon coast due to the sea currents.
A spokesperson for Swansea Coastguard said: “A local recovery service was called out, but they were unable to recover the vehicle.
“We broadcast navigation warnings every four hours, and in that broadcast today we have asked vessels to look out for a silver Vauxhall Corsa.”
A spokesperson for the Maritime Coastguard Agency said that the coastguard rescue team helped a woman from the car when the water was one foot from the front of the vehicle.
Robinsons International are experts in moving overseas and because we do offer international shipping services, it is important that we stay up-to-date with what is going on in the industry.
As an international shipping company, we ship antiques and furniture to varying countries across the world so it is likely that we do enter the Channel. And the irony is that we can also help consumers ship their cars with a specialist shipping container.