See you later! Spectators fight in vain to save the van as it is overrun by the rising tide after the hapless driver parks it on the beach
- A white van stranded at sea on Redcar beach in Teeside on Sunday
- The Coast Guard fought for hours to pull the empty car out of the ocean
- A driver had apparently parked and left his car on the beach earlier today
The Coast Guard fought for hours trying to remove a van that had been swept away by the tide after a driver parked his vehicle on the beach.
Spectators watched as the HM Coast Guard struggled to pick up a van stuck in the sea on Sunday afternoon in Redcar, Teesside.
A driver apparently parked his van in the middle of the beach, which surrounded it by the sea at low tide.
Spectators watched as the HM Coast Guard struggled to pick up a van stuck in the sea on Redcar beach, Teesside, on Sunday afternoon
The HM Coast Guard would have struggled to move the van because their ropes kept breaking. A tractor was also driven outside to assist the Coast Guard in the rescue
The white van was quickly flooded with water as the tide rose rapidly, as spectators gathered desperately to try to push the car out of the soft sand.
But the van got stuck on the beach and ended up almost completely submerged in water, with only the roof visible above the ocean.
The HM Coast Guard was depicted trying to pull the van out of the sea while a crowd of spectators stood by the shore to watch the scene.
A tractor was also shown driving into the ocean to assist coastguard personnel with the rescue of the vehicle.
But Coast Guard personnel would have struggled to move the van as their ropes kept breaking.
The vehicle is said to have become trapped in the early afternoon when spectators tried to dig the van out of the soft sand
The van quickly became submerged by the tide, after a driver apparently parked his car on the beach and left it, while people took to Twitter to share their shock on the spot
A man was later filmed wading out to sea to try to ‘collect’ belongings’ from the vehicle, in images posted on Twitter.
Twitter account Incidents TeesDurham said the man climbed on top of his vehicle and returned to the coast ‘two things’.
The car is said to have been trapped in the early afternoon, with people taking to Twitter to share their shock at the unusual scene.
A user shared a photo of the van and said, “I love the north, I just saw this in Redcar.”
Another person said, “Think you’re having a bad day! Poor b ***** d’s van went swimming in Redcar. ‘
MailOnline has contacted HM Coastguard for more information.