High tide leaves van driver trapped on tiny island

A Van driver was caught out by high tides and ended up stranded 100 metres from the shore for a number of hours after the water rapidly covered an access road in north Norfolk (Picture: Paul Stearman / angliapressagency)

A van driver was left literally high and dry after a high tide left him stranded 100m from the shore in a village in Norfolk.

The unlucky driver set off from the village of Thornham to visit an address on the marshes, but soon found himself trapped as the fast-rising tide swallowed up the access road.

Sensing trouble, the driver managed to park his van on a tiny patch of land next to a barn, where he was forced to stay for several hours until the waters receded enough for him to make his escape.

The incredible image was captured on a drone by local photographer Paul Stearman on Sunday.

Mr Stearman, 66, told North Norfolk News: ‘It was lucky the water didn’t go any higher. When the tide gets really high, it covers the whole marsh.

‘The other thing that affects it is the wind – when you have strong winds blowing off the sea it drives the water in and can raise the level higher than anticipated.’

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