'Super Confident' Driver Gets Stuck On Narrow Seafront Footpath
A 'super confident' driver decided to ignore 'no entry' signs and plough down a narrow, winding path to the seafront - only to find himself well and truly lodged between two walls when he got to a sharp bend.
I mean, we've all got ourselves into sticky situations while trying to get into a tight parking space or reversing out of someone's drive, but this is NEXT LEVEL - not least because the incident all took place right on the cliff side. No thanks.
The car, which is thought to be a Hyundai, became wedged in between the narrow space between two walls on the steep path that leads to Dunquin Harbour in Dunquin, a village in Country Kerry, Ireland.
The unknown driver had become stuck yesterday (17 July) after ignoring warning signs on the footpath.
In photos, bemused and frustrated tourists can be seen standing behind the car - now unable to get down to the sea.
Sibéal Ní Lubhaing, who works for local ferry operators Blasket Island Ferries, said she believed it was a male driver who had been behind the wheel, saying 'it was interesting that it's never a female driver'.
Blasket Island Ferries claimed the blockage narrowly avoided 'catastrophe'.
Two similar incidents since 2015 had forced the company to cancel trips to the uninhabited islands during high summer season.
However, services had already been cancelled yesterday following rough conditions at sea.
Ní Lubhaing said: "What happens is that you get super confident drivers thinking that they can handle [it] and realise when it's too late that they may have made a grave mistake.
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"I haven't seen him myself, but he would be more annoyed that it happened in such a busy spot.
"You get up to 500 tourists walking up and down that pathway daily this time of year taking photos, although it's for Instagram usually.
"We were very lucky that seas were a bit too rough for crossings today.
"A few years ago we took a huge loss when six trips had to be cancelled in August at the height of our season when a guy got stuck [in the same spot].
"My partner was notified a few hours ago about the car, but they could've been there a bit longer. He went to see if he could pull them out, but they were too far down.
"The pathway is the responsibility of the council, so they may have to get the guy out.
"Last time a small track machine was used to pull the vehicle up the pathway as what usually happens is drivers burn out their clutch trying to reverse up the very steep pathway."
The site became famous after it featured in a well-known photograph featured on Irish postcards, in which a flock of sheep are walking up the winding path from Dunquin pier.
The company wrote: "Well it's that time of year again where the no through sign at the top of the pedestrian pathway down to Dunquin Pier gets ignored.
"This learner driver has managed to get themselves fairly stuck. Good news that our ferries weren't running today.
"It would have been a catastrophe trying to bring people back from the island."
It is believed the vehicle was abandoned after it was removed from the tight space, having suffered huge scratches down its side and dents in the bumper.
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