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High tides carry off three vehicles at British beach

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Ben Hooper
One of three vehicles stolen by high tides during the weekend at England's Brean Beach. Screenshot: Newsflare
One of three vehicles stolen by high tides during the weekend at England's Brean Beach. Screenshot: Newsflare

BREAN, England, May 10 (UPI) -- Rescue crews at a British beach were kept plenty busy when three vehicles were carried away by high tides in a single 24-hour period.

Burnham Coastguards responded to England's Brean Beach in the evening hours Friday to fish a Honda SUV out of the water following a high tide, and the operation, which involved a hovercraft, lasted about four hours.

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The vehicle's owner, a London resident, made a donation to the coastguard as thanks for rescuing his SUV.

Crews returned to the beach with the hovercraft Saturday when a BMW and an Audi were carried into the mud and water by high tides.

"We went up onto Brean Down for a walk and were unaware the tide could reach the car -- it's come as a shock," the owner of the Audi, which was submerged up to its roof, told the Western Daily Press.

A representative for Burnham Coastguards urged visitors to make themselves aware of tide times.

"We would urge anyone using Burnham beaches during the high Spring tide to check the tide times. Speak with the beach warden if you have any questions before leaving your car," the representative said. "Also, always heed the warning signs and stay away from the muddy areas of the beach to ensure you do not put yourself in to any potential difficulty."

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