brean beach car recovery

A VW Golf that had been stuck in soft sand on Brean Beach for almost a week was finally recovered on Tuesday (July 9th).

As first first reported here, the owner of the car had a shock when he found his vehicle submerged in the sea last Wednesday.

Brean Parish Council said it has been waiting on the driver to arrange for a commercial recovery service to remove the vehicle.  Six days – and 12 tides – later and it was finally recovered by Weston Recovery.

As pictured here, the badly damaged vehicle was hauled up the beach to be scrapped. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were on hand to ensure a safety cordon was in place during the recovery.

Beach warden Dave Furber told “The car has become a bit of tourist attraction. There have been lots of people heading out to see it stuck in the sand and mud over the last few days.”

Brean resident Alan Noble, who watched Tuesday’s recovery, told “I first noticed a black shape coming out of the sea on the ebb tide and my first thought was – a whale!”

“Once the tide was fully away, it was recognisable as a car and over the last few days has attracted quite an audience.”

“It’s unusual to have cars stranded at this end of Brean beach – it happens more often on the sands closer to Brean Down, where people who have gone for a walk on top look down below in dismay as the tide rolls in and their vehicle disappears faster than they can run back down the steps.”

brean beach car recovery

The beach warden added: “The driver, who is from Bristol, claimed he hadn’t seen the warning signs as he drove onto the beach. And both he and the passenger said they hadn’t read the safety leaflet that they were given.”

The VW Golf is the latest in a series of vehicles to become a victim of fast-incoming tides along the coastline.