Driver escapes as car swamped by rising tide on Blackpool beach

media captionCar on Blackpool beach submerged by sea tide

A "fortunate" driver escaped without injury after a car got stuck on a beach and was swamped by the rising tide.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the vehicle became stranded at Starr Gate, Blackpool on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman said the driver abandoned it before coastguards from Lytham St Annes and Fleetwood arrived at 12:00 GMT, but the tide was already too high for the vehicle to be retrieved.

It was removed from the sand by a tractor after high tide, she said.

She added that it was not known why the car, which was parked close to a slip-way, had been driven on to the beach.

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image captionCoastguards were unable to reach the car until after high tide had passed
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image captionThe vehicle became stranded at Starr Gate, Blackpool on Tuesday morning

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