A pair of hopless holidaymakers narrowly avoided disaster after their luxury campervan had to be rescued – from the SEA.
The couple parked on the beach before setting off on a Sunday stroll – but when they returned they found their vehicle engulfed by the incoming tide.
Coastguards then had to winch it from the waters in Brean, Somerset, after it became partially submerged when its wheels got stuck in soft sand.
Its grateful owners, believed to be a couple from Gloucester, made a donation to the Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat charity to cover their costs when they returned to the scene.
But a fresh warning has now been issued to beach users to check tide times.
Burnham Area Rescue Boat spokesman Mark Newman said: “Fortunately, the tide was not too high on Sunday evening and the campervan could be recovered and driven away, but not all motorists are that fortunate.
“Our advice is always to check the tide times if driving onto local beaches.”