Cornish locals slam ‘idiot’ holidaymakers who had to be rescued by lifeguards after driving onto beach and getting stranded in their cars
- Video shows a lifeguard coming to the aid of three motorists who were stranded
- Connor Duffy said it happens on Towan Beach in Newquay about once a week
Cornish locals have slammed ‘idiot’ holidaymakers who had to be rescued by lifeguards after driving onto the beach and getting stranded in their cars.
Comical footage showed three cars stuck on Towan Beach in the popular tourist town Newquay, after the motorists had decided to ignore conventional parking spots and drive their vehicles right onto the sand.
In the video, a group of bemused surfers can be seen walking past the cars on their way to the water, as a lifeguard tries to remedy the all too familiar situation for locals.
Connor Duffy, 33, a chef who is from Newquay, said that ‘idiot summer’ has begun after he spotted the vehicles drive onto Towan Beach. He said that motorists are making the same mistakes at least once a week despite road signs being present.
Thousands of tourists visit Newquay every summer for its excellent surfing and lively nightlife, but locals aren’t always best pleased with how they treat their town.
Cornish locals have slammed ‘idiot’ holidaymakers who had to be rescued by lifeguards after driving onto the beach and getting stranded in their cars
Mr Duffy explained how the motorists all drove down together, but it did not look like they knew each other.
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He added: ‘They then had to get two RNLI trucks to leave their posts of lifeguarding to come and sort them out. They had to be pulled out by locals as no tractors could be called in.
‘Then they had to clear the ramp as they each took turns at speeding up the beach and onto the ramp without getting stuck again.
‘Lifeguards tried to sort it as quickly as possible, and did so.’
Mr Duffy said a crowd soon gathered and cheered when the cars were finally removed from the deep sand and taken up the ramp.
He added: ‘Just shows common sense isn’t really that common. Happens at least once a week now due to tourists not reading the signs and thinking that they are fine to do so.
‘It’s the same with the bins on the beaches, tourists put still-burning coals in the bin and set it on fire.
‘Fire engines are down all the time over the summer because people don’t know how to go to the beach, safely. Shame really.
Connor Duffy (pictured), 33, a chef who is from Newquay, said that ‘idiot summer’ has begun after he spotted the vehicles drive onto Towan Beach
In the video, a group of bemused surfers can be seen walking past the drivers on their way to the water, as a lifeguard tries to rescue the situation
Locals and tourists have clashed in the past. Here, in St Anne’s, a second-home property was targeted by residents with graffiti
‘But this was funnier to watch than anything too serious. Some say entitled people, but it was just a bunch of silly people who don’t think very hard.’
It comes less than a week after another ‘idiot’ tourist parked their £25,000 Mercedes GLe SUV on the sand in Newquay as well.
The car was eventually towed off the beach by a local tractor and taken to a local garage.
Every year, some of Britain’s wealthiest families descend on large parts of Cornwall and holiday in their second homes for the summer.
But second-home owners could soon be forced to pay twice the amount of council tax as the Government prepares to hand local authorities more powers to raid holiday homes.
More than 100,000 holiday homeowners in the UK are set to see their bills rise at the first given chance, including in tourist hotspots in Cornwall, which has already approved the change.
In the past, Cornish residents have sprayed graffiti on second homes, demanding, ‘Rent or sell your empty houses to local people at a fair price’.
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