Got that sinking feeling… Couple's car stranded on beach at sunrise
Got that sinking feeling… Couple’s car is surrounded by sea water after it got stuck on the beach when they stopped to watch the sunrise
- The couple travelled to a beach near Southend-on-Sea in Essex on Monday
A couple had to call the Southend coastguard on Monday after a romantic trip to the beach to watch the sunrise turned into a watery nightmare.
The pair travelled to Shoebury beach, to the east of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, in the early hours of Monday morning, where they parked their car on the slipway down to the sands.
The Southend Coastguard was called at 6.37am after the vehicle became embedded in the sand.
The couple had been attempting to turn their vehicle around in order to drive off the beach, but this only caused a deeper hole which blocked them from driving away.
As the tide came in, they called the Coastguard to provide assistance after their car became surrounded by water.
A couple’s car became stranded after it got embedded in the sand at a beach on the Essex coast
The couple had been attempting to turn their vehicle around in order to drive off the beach, but this only caused a deeper hole which blocked them from driving away
The Southend Coastguard was called at 6.37am after the vehicle became embedded in the sand
The team helped the couple remove their possessions from the car before a specialist recovery company was called to pull the car out of the sea.
The car was successfully recovered after it was towed to the high water line and collected by a low loader.
An HM Coastguard Southend spokesperson said: ‘The team were tasked at 06:37 to a vehicle stuck in the sand at the West Beach slipway with an incoming tide.
‘A couple had travelled to the seafront to watch the sunrise in their car from the west beach slipway.
‘While turning around they had become embedded in the sand, and had tried to drive out leading the car wheels to spin and create a deeper hole than they were already in.
‘The team assisted the couple with removing all possessions from the vehicle before it became surrounded by water. They then contacted a specialist recovery company due to the vehicle being a hybrid.
‘Once the recovery company arrived, the vehicle was pulled from the water to the high water line to prevent it from floating, the vehicle was then ready for collection by a low loader.’
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