Car caught up in high tide at Rossnowlagh

Car caught up in high tide at Rossnowlagh
There were dramatic scenes at Rossnowlagh yesterday evening when a red car was swept up into the sea. The incident occurred shortly after 5pm, at the peak of exceptionally high tides caused by last night’s full moon.

There were dramatic scenes at Rossnowlagh yesterday evening when a red car was swept up into the sea.

The incident occurred shortly after 5pm, at the peak of exceptionally high tides caused by last night’s full moon.

A staff member at the Sandhouse Hotel and Marina Spa took these photos of the car awash in the sea.

“They managed to tow the car out eventually but, as the tractor was pulling it, the force of the water turned the car right over onto its roof,” she told the Democrat.

The fast-moving tides at Rossnowlagh often catch drivers unawares but, on most occasions, they manage to get off the beach in time...although not always.

“This is the second or third time this year that they haven’t got their car out in time,” the staff member said.

In June of last year, panic ensued when thousands of motorists converged on the beach in the middle of a heat wave (see picture).

As the tide rushed in, the crowds tried to get off the strand using the two small access roads.

Gardaí had to be called in to stop other drivers trying to get on to the beach, so that the cars already there could get out before the incoming tide engulfed them.

The incident occurred shortly after 5pm, at the peak of exceptionally high tides caused by last night’s full moon.

A staff member at the Sandhouse Hotel and Marina Spa took these photos of the car awash in the sea.

“They managed to tow the car out eventually but, as the tractor was pulling it, the force of the water turned the car right over onto its roof,” she told the Democrat.

The fast-moving tides at Rossnowlagh often catch drivers unawares but, on most occasions, they manage to get off the beach in time...although not always.

“This is the second or third time this year that they haven’t got their car out in time,” the staff member said.

In June of last year, panic ensued when thousands of motorists converged on the beach in the middle of a heat wave (see picture).

As the tide rushed in, the crowds tried to get off the strand using the two small access roads.

Gardaí had to be called in to stop other drivers trying to get on to the beach, so that the cars already there could get out before the incoming tide engulfed them.