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Incredible photos have been shared online showing a car that had been swept out into sea after becoming stuck.
According to an eye-witness, the silver BMW was abandoned on St Agnes beach in Cornwall.
After heading down to strip of beach in the morning, the on-looker was stunned to find that it had been pulled out by the tide.
Speaking about the bizarre incident, local resident Esther Chase said the motor was being tossed about by waves.
Esther, who took some snaps of the car, said: "I think a family had driven down at 1am."
She later added: "I went down for a swim at 7am and the car was washing around. I think a family had driven down in the night and tried to turn around in the beach but got caught by the incoming tide."
According to reports, the owner of the beach, Steve Blundson, phoned the local police after discovering the car while out walking his dogs.
A recovery driver was then called to the scene but had to wait for the tide to go back out before being able to get out and tow the vehicle way.
Mr Blundson said: "It's not the first time this has happened. It's not a regular occurrence but it does happen once a decade, so it's a 10-year event."
He later told the BBC that the owner of the vehicle was from Falmouth and turned up a few hours later with a couple of friends.
The owner, who was not named, told Mr Blundson that he had tried to turn it around after it became stuck, but was unable to move it.
According to reports, the men had called for a recovery unit to come at around 4.30am but the car was already covered in water by the time it arrived.
Earlier this year, a man risked his life to swim out to his sunken van to save his cigarettes over the weekend.
Photographs caught the bizarre and fairly dangerous moment a topless man dived into the sea off Redcar beach on 19 July to retrieve his tabs, which were trapped inside his white van after it had become submerged in water.
At first, it was thought the vehicle might be saved from the clutches of the deep, with a tractor attempting to pull it back to land, but rescue attempts were eventually aborted as the water rose too high.
According to witnesses, the man swam out to the van in order to get a photo on the roof but ended up returning with four packets of fags.
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