Disability Surf School Van Looted Underwater

After being prevented from safely leaving Towan Beach on Newquay, after delivering surf lessons to people with disabilities on Great Western Beach, a surf school van and trailer became submerged by the incoming tide. The trailer was rescued and towed back to Newquay Harbour by the RNLI, but the landrover that had been towing the trailer had to be left in the sea.

Overnight it became clear that divers and surfers were paddling out to the Landrover and looting it and the Coastguard had to mount a guard around the Landrover until it could be pulled free at low tide.

Mark Hill, director of Freedom Surf, was distraught as holidaymakers on the beach refused to move as he tried to drive round to the slipway on Towan Beach and was powerless to save his vital equipment from the incoming tide.

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Freedom Surf is a surf school set up to help people with disabilities to take to the surf – using specially adapted surfboards he designed himself. The trailer was bought last year with a £19,000 grant from Cornwall Council.

Website: www.freedomsurf.org/donate ** No longer seem to be operating **

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