This is the moment a 4×4 is almost completely submerged within minutes of getting caught out by the tide at a beach in Wales.
The driver of the black car had reportedly been warned of the risks ‘several times’ before parking in the dangerous spot on Black Rock Sands in Morfa Bychan, Gwynedd.
In footage shared online, the vehicle can be seen attempting to leave the area after becoming stranded on a sandbank and surrounded by sea water.
The three-minute clip shows the car turn to face the waves separating it from the shoreline, apparently in an attempt to stop it tipping over.
Ed Williams, who recorded the video, can be heard saying: ‘It looks like he’s going to make a dash for it, what is he doing?’
The vehicle then accelerates straight into the water, as two people in a nearby dinghy look on.
Spectators in the background can be heard gasping as the car slowly starts to sink.
A man swims towards the car to help out the driver out before he rushes to salvage as many possessions as he can from the boot.
Mr Williams told North Wales Live: ‘I own a small caravan site here in Morfa Bychan so I have seen quite a lot over the years.
In footage shared online, the vehicle can be seen attempting to leave the area after becoming stranded on a sandbank and surrounded by sea water in Gwynedd, Wales
In a video uploaded by Ed Williams, spectators in the background can be heard gasping as the car slowly starts to sink
‘It’s more so now due to everyone holidaying here, I’ve never seen the beach so busy, it’s crazy.
‘He was offered help and advice before he went for it on his own accord.
‘He was actually in a place where he shouldn’t have been.
‘There are lots of signs warning people of soft sand but some 4x4s take it upon themselves to risk it.
‘It was a rebound spot for the tide coming around you.
‘It’s usually swimmers that get caught out on this particular sandbank.
‘He was told to move but left it too late.
‘Then he was advised to abandon it but he took it upon himself to try and get across but it didn’t work.
‘The beach wardens are doing a great job considering how busy it is and they were the ones that were advising the driver.’
Mr Williams said when he returned at around 11pm the car was almost completely submerged.