A fresh safety warning has been issued to motorists to check tide times before driving onto beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after the driver of this car got caught out on Saturday evening (July 20th).

A Vauxhall Corsa parked on Brean beach became inundated by the incoming tide shortly after 5pm when its owner had walked onto Brean Down for a picnic.

The beach warden and a crew from Burnham-based rescue charity BARB were called to the scene to ensure no-one was stuck inside or was putting themselves at risk trying to reach the vehicle.

A BARB spokesman said: “We always advise motorists to check the tide times before driving onto our local beaches and to heed warning signs and not take unnecessary risks. We have a wonderful coastline that can be safely enjoyed by holidaymakers and locals alike if used sensibly.”

The car’s owner, Andy Laird, 19, from Walsall in the West Midlands, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “I was up on the Down enjoying a picnic and forgot about the tide coming in. It was a shock to come back and find the car had been surrounded by the sea. I am grateful to BARB and the beach warden’s help.”