Driver of car left teetering over Swanpool does not think he left handbrake off

Driver of car left teetering over Swanpool does not think he left handbrake off

Driver of car left teetering over Swanpool does not think he left handbrake off

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The driver of a car which was left dangling over Swanpool in Falmouth has said he doesn’t believe he left it with the handbrake off, but that he can’t rule it out.

The motorist, from Swanpool, who gave his name only as Steve, said he thinks he put the handbrake on before going into the Swanpool Beach Cafe.

He said: “I wasn’t sure; I couldn’t lie and say I was 100 per cent sure but I think I put it on.”

Steve also claimed he reapplied the handbrake after the car had rolled. He added: “When I went out to go to the wall I put the handbrake on to make sure it didn’t go any further. When the fire brigade went to secure it the handbrake was off again.”

He added: “I don’t know how it rolled backwards it was on the flat. Even without the handbrake on, without something pushing it, it wouldn’t have moved back.”

The Packet previously reported that Pete Lochrie, the owner of Swanpool Beach Cafe, had been told by the motorist that he had left the handbrake off, as he was used to using a car with an automatic parking brake.

The vehicle rolled backwards down the slope, and travelled over the pavement before coming to rest on the parapet with its rear wheels overhanging Swanpool.

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2:41pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

There but for the grace of God go I.
I personally would just be thankful no one was injured.
There but for the grace of God go I. I personally would just be thankful no one was injured. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 2

10:21pm Mon 18 Aug 14

seacom says...

Perhaps if vehicles kept to the road when parking and not going up onto the grass by the cafe this would not happen? After all it is only a short walk for an ice cream and less expensive than calling the fire brigade .
Perhaps if vehicles kept to the road when parking and not going up onto the grass by the cafe this would not happen? After all it is only a short walk for an ice cream and less expensive than calling the fire brigade . seacom
  • Score: 2

8:00am Tue 19 Aug 14

Helston John says...

seacom wrote:
Perhaps if vehicles kept to the road when parking and not going up onto the grass by the cafe this would not happen? After all it is only a short walk for an ice cream and less expensive than calling the fire brigade .
If the road is full up for parking then theyd go for the grass obviously.
[quote][p][bold]seacom[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if vehicles kept to the road when parking and not going up onto the grass by the cafe this would not happen? After all it is only a short walk for an ice cream and less expensive than calling the fire brigade .[/p][/quote]If the road is full up for parking then theyd go for the grass obviously. Helston John
  • Score: -3

4:35pm Tue 19 Aug 14

seacom says...

The road has yellow lines ,a car park no more than fifty yards away so with the beach leased by the council who would be responsible for injury or damage caused by this second incident this year.
The road has yellow lines ,a car park no more than fifty yards away so with the beach leased by the council who would be responsible for injury or damage caused by this second incident this year. seacom
  • Score: 2

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