A shipping container filled with catering equipment has become the latest casualty of Cornwall’s wettest winter in two centuries.
The container was swallowed up by a hole that emerged in the sea wall at Newquay following stormy conditions last week.
It belonged to the Blue Reef aquarium at Towan beach, which used it to serve teas, coffees and food to customers.
The West Briton newspaper reported that the aquarium had been trying to move the container to safety following damage to the sea wall earlier in the year, but it was not enough to prevent it plunging several feet and turning on its side.
Steve Matchett, general manager at Blue Reef, told the paper: “The high tide scooped up yet another part of the sea wall and gravity took its toll. Since the hole first appeared it has got bigger with every tide.”
Matchett said the loss of the container would have a serious effect on revenue, but said the aquarium itself was still welcoming customers.