POLICE, coastguard and lifeboat volunteers were all called to Seaton Carew beach after a 4x4 was engulfed by the incoming tide.
Crowds gathered and watched on as the silver Mitsubishi Shogun was battered by the waves.
The owner of the vehicle was said to have been out at sea on a jet-ski and got back to dry land to discover the car wedged firmly in the sand.
The owner then left the car stuck on the beach with the incoming tide approaching fast.
Police officers arrived at the scene at around 11am yesterday and Hartlepool RNLI’s lifeboat and Humber Coastguard were called out as emergency services looked at options to remove the vehicle.
Once it was confirmed that no one was in the Shogun they left the scene, leaving the vehicle bobbing around in the sea but still firmly wedged in the sand.
But at around 3pm yesterday, the vehicle was finally removed from the beach when a member of the public arrived in a JCB.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “We were called out at around 11am on Sunday morning to reports of a vehicle stuck in the sand on Seaton Carew beach with the tide coming in.
“The main thing for us was checking nobody was in the vehicle.
“A JCB removed the car from the sand later in the afternoon.”
A spokeswoman for Humber Coastguard added: “We received reports of a vehicle stuck in the sand at Seaton Carew beach.
“The owner had been out at sea on a jet-ski and came back to find the car firmly stuck.
“We were called to try and get as close as possible just to confirm there was nobody in the car, which there wasn’t.”
Meanwhile, Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were also called to help a motor cruiser which had suffered engine failure off Steetley Pier yesterday.
Two people were aboard the boat, which was towed into Seaham at around 11am.