Incoming Redcar tide traps two cars in 90 minutes
Two cars were submerged by the incoming tide off Teesside within 90 minutes, the local lifeboat crew has said.
Redcar RNLI was called out at about 15:20 BST on Wednesday after a number of 999 calls reporting a car stuck in the sea with two people on its roof.
It was then called to another driver who had got into difficulties trying to put a speed boat on to its trailer.
Operations manager Dave Cocks said it "couldn't have been a worse day" with tides some of the year's highest.
"Fortunately, apart from a minor hand injury, no-one has come to any real harm - but the consequences could easily have been much more serious," he said.
The driver and passenger from the first car managed to reach the beach.
An RNLI tractor pulled the vehicle clear of the water to stop the owner trying to recover it himself and to avoid pollution from the vehicle's fuel tank.
The second vehicle was almost submerged by the tide when the RNLI crew arrived.