Car stranded in the North Sea after reportedly rolling into the water in Northumberland

The vehicle in the North Sea just off Blyth in Northumberland
-Credit: (Image: Chronicle Live)


A car has been left stranded in the North Sea in Northumberland.

The Coastguard received a call just before 3.15pm on Sunday reporting that a vehicle, believed to be a Range Rover, had been caught out by the tide on Blyth South Beach in Blyth.

Police were also called to the scene after being told that the car had "rolled into the sea".

The coastguard dealing with the incident in Blyth on Sunday
The coastguard dealing with the incident in Blyth on Sunday -Credit:Chronicle Live

Rescue teams from Blyth and Newbiggin rushed to the beach, along with officers. They found that the occupants had already left the vehicle and were safe.

The Coastguard remains at the scene and will attempt to recover the vehicle, which was completely submerged in water, once the tide goes out.

Access to the beach has reportedly been blocked while the emergency services deal with the incident and some residents are unable to access their properties.

ChronicleLive has been told that it is the second time in six weeks that a vehicle has sank on Blyth South Beach while launching jet skis on the beach. The last incident reportedly occurred at the end of May.

Blyth and Newbiggin coastguard rescue teams rushed to the scene
Blyth and Newbiggin coastguard rescue teams rushed to the scene -Credit:Chronicle Live

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard told Chronicle Live: "HM Coastguard received a request for assistance from the police just before 15:15 this afternoon (07 July), after they received a call reporting a car had been caught out by the tide at Blyth.

"Blyth and Newbiggin coastguard rescue teams were sent to ensure no one was in the vehicle and the safety of those on scene. The occupants were not in the vehicle and are safe and well.

"An attempt to recover the vehicle will happen once the tide recedes and it is safe to do so. Police and coastguard are still on scene."

Northumbria Police has confirmed that the incident was an accident.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Shortly after 3pm today (Sunday) we received a report that a car that had rolled into the sea on Blyth Beach, Northumberland.

“Emergency services attended the scene. Thankfully nobody was inside the vehicle or injured. The incident was confirmed as an accident and left in the hands of the Coastguard."