Holidaymakers at a seaside resort could not believe their eyes when they saw no less than FIVE cars parked on two beaches swamped by the sea. The calamity happened at notorious Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, where drivers of the vehicles were caught out by its record breaking high tide. On Wednesday evening three cars were engulfed by the incoming tide at Berrow beach and a further two vehicles were swamped by sea water at nearby Brean.
Large crowds of holidaymakers watched the drama unfold on the beaches as the incoming tide covered the vehicles at around 7pm. All the drivers had misjudged the speed and height of the tide at Berrow which has the second fastest and highest tidal range anywhere in the world. Amazingly it is the seventh time in two weeks disaster has struck Brean after David Foster, of Stourport-on-Severn, lost his Honda 4 x 4 beneath the waves when he parked it on the resort's beach. And despairing driver Andy Ellis saw his Ford Maverick disappear into the murky depths of a fishing lake at Warren Farm Holiday Park in Brean.
Now a fresh safety warning about the dangers of driving on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area has been issued by beach wardens after the mass stranding of vehicles. Dave Furber, senior beach warden at Brean said: 'We're used to it here, but a lot of visitors get caught out. People don't realise the speed and height of the incoming tide - and they're Spring tides now - especially high. 'One of the cars at Brean - an R reg Astra - was completely swamped and virtually submerged by sea. It was a write off. The driver was distraught when he returned from a walk with friends. 'The other - a Ford Kia - was less damaged. It looked like it may be ok after it was retrieved.' Berrow beach warden Ron Sharrard added: 'People who drive their vehicles onto the beach must remember that the Bristol Channel is very tidal and if they park their vehicle on the sand they should check the tide times. 'We warned several motorists about the state of the tide this evening, but still several vehicle owners got into difficulty.'