A mum has been left heartbroken as she stood with her son and watched as their family car was swept away after it broke down at a harbour.
The family had driven to the water’s edge in the early hours of Sunday morning to launch their boat at low tide, as they had done numerous times before.
But the mum said the car suddenly broke down, and they were were unable to recover it before the tide swept in.
She said it was devastating to watch as other people seemed to be enjoying their heartbreak as they stood their crying for what was lost.
She added that despite being at the waterside in St Just in Roseland in Cornwall between 3.30am and 8pm only three people came to see if they were ok.
The mum said: “We did not ‘go off on our jollies’ leaving car to submerge, we were there the whole time.
“We watched it happen to our car in the early hours of the morning when we launched our boat.
“The car broke down and despite every attempt to recover it, we instead had to retrieve all our belongings and watch it disappear.
“We launched at low tide at 3.30am as advised by the boatyard, alternatively it would have been afternoon low tide, but as it is such a busy place we wouldn’t have been able to get the boat down the narrow road.
“Unfortunately, because it was so early there was nobody around to help us.
“We are not stupid, we have launched from there numerous times.
“This time unfortunately the car let us down.
“The people who were stood photographing, videoing and enjoying our heartbreak really do say a lot for the human race.
“My son had to watch as the water rose over the car while his mum was sobbing next to him.
“I realise that the actual truth doesn’t quite have the same appeal.
“We were on that beach from 3.30am until 8pm and only three people actually helped us in the whole time we were there.”