A sports car is stranded on Berrow beach this evening (Sunday) after a motorist became stuck while driving across the mudflats.

The 22 year-old man from Bristol escaped unhurt before the tide reached it, but the vehicle could not be retrieved before it was submerged and then sank into the mud.

The Toyota Celica first got stuck on Saturday evening when the motorist attempted to drive through the mud. He unsuccessfully tried to push it free.

Burnham’s BARB Search & Rescue was called to the scene on Sunday morning, but it was not possible to recover it safely.

Sedgemoor District Council, which manages Berrow Beach, says it is now in discussions with the car owner to arrange for it to be removed.

The council’s Resorts Manager Graham Newing told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We have spoken with the gentleman involved, who is arranging for recovery.”

The car first became submerged in the sea on Saturday evening

The car is several hundred metres from the top of the beach