Woman's £60,000 VW Camper Swallowed Up By Tide
A woman caught on camera the devastating moment her vintage VW Camper got stuck on a beach and submerged by the incoming tide.
Kitty Orme, 41, could do nothing but stand and watch as her £60,000 'pride and joy' camper got swallowed up by water during a photo shoot.
Images show the pink vehicle in around 5ft of water, with the top popping up just above the waterline.
Thankfully, the 1978 VW didn't get swept away and Kitty was able to retrieve it from the North Wales beach after the tide went out, but the businesswoman says it's been absolutely 'destroyed' by the water.
Kitty's vehicle, which she calls Birdie, was on the beach on Tuesday 15 September as part of a photo shoot.
She had gone to move the camper at around 4pm when the tide started to come in, but its wheel had become stuck in the sand.
She enlisted the help of some locals to try and tow the vehicle to safety but unfortunately, despite their best efforts, they weren't able to move it before the water came in.
It was eventually recovered several hours later at around midnight.
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Kitty said: "It was absolutely horrendous to see.
"That Camper is my pride and joy and so important to me, to see it end up like that was heartbreaking."
Kitty uses Birdie as a photo booth on wheels for weddings and other events, travelling up and down the country.
Her business has already been hard hit by the coronvairus pandemic so the incident on Tuesday couldn't have come at a worse time.
She added: "Wedding suppliers are already in a dreadful position, being unable to work and know when weddings of larger numbers will happen again.
"The accident on Tuesday is going to affect many people."
Kitty explained she was hosting a shoot for a number of traders, so had valuable bespoke items onboard the camper when it became soaked, leaving many of the items destroyed.
She's since set up a crowdfunding page to try and raise some cash for those affected by the incident.
You can donate here.
Featured Image Credit: SWNS