This video shows the unfortunate moment a soft-top BMW got washed away in the Thames after falling victim to Putney’s notorious high tide.
It got swept away after the driver made the grave mistake of parking on a low-lying ramp at the edge of area’s embankment, where flooding is a regular problem.
Residents say they know too well what a ‘cruel mistress’ the Thames can be, but yesterday one unlucky soul made this discovery too late.
In the footage, his car can be seen bobbing along the water before it gradually starts to disappear.
An eyewitness who wished to remain anonymous told Metro.co.uk: ‘I have seen the water rise quite high a few times but certainly not to this degree.
‘We were watching fascinated when we suddenly spotted [the car] parked on the ramp lifting up and then floating slowly down the Thames. It went straight by us where it sank.
‘We felt awful for whoever owned it. Other owners started to come back to their cars, a number of which were also written off and full of water. ‘
This is not the first time a car has plunged into the Thames after getting caught up in Putney’s unusually high tide.
In fact, the problem is so common a local resident set up a Facebook page dedicated to posting images of cars that get washed away.
Chris Morahan, who has been resident of the area since 2013, set up the Putney High Tide Club to make light of the phenomenon.
He told this news site: ‘I founded this page to show the hilarious examples of cars being washed away. Only the locals of Putney understand what a cruel mistress the Thames can be.This is a way to laugh at other Londoners misfortunes.’
After sharing a video of the BMW on his page yesterday, Chris provided an update for fans desperate to know what happened to the vehicle.
He posted a picture of the car next to the water’s edge with the caption: ‘Good condition with some minor dampness issues.’
It is unclear what happened next, as another high tide was expected overnight and the car may have been swept up again.
Nevertheless its owner, James Roycroft Davis, appeared to make light of the issue on twitter.
— James Roycroft-Davis (@jroycroft_davis) February 13, 2020
Posting a picture of his battered vehicle last night he said: ‘Scenic update. My car is resurfaced at the bottom of the Thames, covered in poo. At least it’s got a nice view until it’s totally submerged in water again in T-5 hours’.
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