'You can’t park there': British Coastguard rescues BMW floating at sea
As temperatures rose last weekend in the U.K., several took to the island’s coasts to enjoy their time out under the sun. However, one man did not get to have an enjoyable weekend
June 5, 2023 7:17am
Updated: June 5, 2023 7:17am
A viral video shows the moments coast guards rescue a man in a BMW that is floating out to see in the United Kingdom on Sunday. “You can’t park there,” Her Majesty's Coastguard amusingly tell the man as his car was getting filled with water. The rescue was handled by the St. Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue Team.
As temperatures rose the weekend of May 28 in England, several took to the island’s coasts to enjoy their time out under the sun. However, one man did not get to have an enjoyable weekend.
The St. Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue Team responded to a call reporting a car that was being submerged in the sea at Trevaunance Beach in southwest England at around 8:30 a.m. local time.
When the British Coastguard arrived at the scene they encountered quite a rare spectacle: the car was in the ocean with the water up to its windows, rocking in the waves. Nearby swimmers continue to go about their activities without being bothered by the unusual scene.
Soon after the search and rescue team arrived the occupants inside the BMW M4 convertible were removed and taken to safety. Fortunately, no one was harmed in the incident.
Now we know - BMW stands for Bloomin' Motor's Wet!— BBC Radio Cornwall (@BBCCornwall) May 29, 2023
Luckily no-one was hurt and the car was successfully recovered from the sea at Trevaunance Beach on Sunday. Thanks to St Agnes Coastguard Search & Rescue Team for sharing the video! @HMCoastguard @BBCSpotlight pic.twitter.com/Z7Eg13rKDK
“We remained on scene while recovery efforts were made and the vehicle was finally removed,” the team said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “The team stood down and returned to the station at 1019 hrs.”
Her Majesty's Coastguard, however, couldn’t help but make light of the situation: “You can’t park there sir!” they wrote in the post.
Another video uploaded to social media shows the aftermath of the event: the more than $100,000 car is out of the ocean and on the beach, with water pouring out of it from everywhere.
It is still unclear how the car ended up in the water. However, many on social media criticized the driver for driving his car onto the beach, blaming the driver for the car ending up in the ocean. Others said that the driver of the BMW should be billed for the rescue for “wasting resources.”
Yet other social media users poked fun at the situation. “Did someone forget to tell the tide that BMWs can park anywhere they want?” Someone wrote.