A contractors lorry supporting road resurfacing works mistakenly drove off a cliff at Saviours Point near Padstow and into the Camel Estuary early on Friday morning 9 July.
The lorry was there for resurfacing works on the South West Coast path, which runs past the beach where it ended upon.
It is not known why it fell onto the cliffs but fortunately, the driver escaped the vehicle without harm.
It appears the 2000 litres of bitumen are mostly retained in the lorry but it has ended up in a difficult location to recover as the images show.
Cormac, Cornwall County Council maintenance company, HM Coastguard and the Padstow Harbour Authority have deployed booms and spill containment equipment and are working to ensure the spill is contained and then cleaned up and will remain on site until the vehicle is recovered.