A car was swallowed whole by mud on a beach – after a family-of-five was dramatically rescued just before it sank. Emergency crews rushed to the Honda Jazz which got stuck in the mud in Brean, Somerset – a stretch of coastline notorious for swallowing cars.
Although the family was taken to safety, the car could not be saved and was left to sink for the next two days.
The family, from Bristol, were led to a safety on Sunday but the car could not be saved and was left to nature for the next two days.
It was completely written off after being battered by waves, with the interior of the supermini filled with mud.
Burnham Coastguards and Weston Recovery, a vehicle recovery service, returned to the scene on Tuesday morning to tow the vehicle from the beach.
It took them two hours to retrieve the Honda, winching it from the mud before dragging it back up a beach and onto a flatbed lorry for removal.
A spokesman for Burnham Coastguard has warned visitors of the potential dangers of parking on the beach.
“Mistakes happen and can be costly, but if you stay near the top of the beach and within the designated area, check the tide times then the beach is as safe as anywhere else.
“Please continue to enjoy the beach but always make safety your priority. If something does go wrong then dial 999 and ask for the coastguards”
The incident is the third time this year local coastguards have had to recover a trapped vehicle from Burnham’s beaches.