An unlucky bloke who parked his white van to nip for a few pints returned the next morning to find his vehicle bobbing along in the sea.
The merciless estuary tides in Exmouth were to blame for the speedy submersion – although locals had warned the driver he couldn’t park on Harbour Beach when he pulled up.
A bemused pass-by, Asia Litten, spotted the van in the water on Sunday morning as she enjoyed a stroll to watch her mum kayaking.
She posted snaps of the incident on a Facebook community page in the hope of finding the vehicle's owner, reports DevonLive.
Asia told the outlet: "The windows were down, but no one was inside.
"I shared on the Exmouth Community page in the hope of alerting the owner!"
She later found out that the owner had parked on the slipway at the Imperial Recreation Ground and forgot to move it.
Asia said: "It turns out someone parked up, had a few drinks and forgot they left it there!"
Although the driver has since tried to rescue the van twice, it remained in the high tide late last evening.
Snaps taken by a different local resident show crowds gathering around the harbour to enjoy the spectacle.
"They were parked on the Harbour beach, and there is a sign that says no vehicles on the beach," they told the Daily Mail.
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"So the harbourmasters went over to tell them, and he was told to go away by the van owner.
"They then went out on jet skis for the day and came back to the van sinking on the rising tide."
The images have sparked a wave of hilarity online, with one person joking: "Sorry Sir, that's not the car wash."
Another said: "Sat-nav told me this was the quickest way to Dawlish."
Whilst someone else joked: "It's probably the Hermes van that has my dress."
Others turned to joking about controversial parking charges in the town.
One asked: "Trying to avoid a parking ticket?"
Another wrote: "I’m not paying £1 for parking that’s outrageous."
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