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A couple who wanted to 'get closer' to the water ended up getting their 4x4 submerged in the sea after it got stuck. And you thought you were having a bad day.
The unnamed couple were at Brean Beach in Somerset yesterday when the soft sand beneath their car gave way leaving the car trapped in the sand as the tide came in. Not ideal.
Thankfully, the Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team were on hand to make sure the couple were safe - which they were, although the same can't be said for their car or belongings.
Posting on Facebook, the Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team wrote: "A couple had taken their car on the beach and the driver wanted to get closer to the water.
"Just as his wife said to stop, the front wheels dug in as the soft sand gave way under the weight of the car, instantly trapping it as the tide advanced towards them.
"As we know the tide in this area is fast, and despite help from onlookers to free it before the cold salt water started lapping at the wheels, it would not budge and the water continued to rise quickly until the vehicle was completely engulfed and submerged beneath the murky waves.
"Our team were responding to ensure there was no risk to any persons and when we arrived only the roof was visible which soon disappeared too.
"After checking on the owners and ensuring everyone was safe and no one was in any need of medical attention, we liaised with our Coastguard Operations Centre and the car owners about recovery.
"Due to the tide times it will not be safely accessible until tomorrow afternoon which means it will have had a second tide over it so it will have been a very expensive trip to the beach for them."
The rescue team then used the post to urge others to be aware of seaside safety, adding: "Again this shows the importance of knowing your surroundings and beach safety.
"This kind of error stirs up a lot of anger locally but we would like to say that no one walks away scot-free in this kind of incident.
"This couple have lost their car, their transport home, their personal belongings and countless bills plus however long they will be without a car and that's without the emotional strain this brings."
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