Lancashire storm watchers rescued from tide after car becomes trapped on beach in Morecambe

A pair of Lancashire storm spotters had to be rescued from a beach after their car became stuck during a thunderstorm.


The couple had been watching the spectacular lightning storm above Morecambe Bay in the early hours of Wednesday morning, when they suddenly realised they had become trapped.

Lancashire Police were called to a beach off Carr Lane in Middleton, near Heysham, at around 3am, to rescue the pair.

The eager storm spotters had parked their Vauxhall Corsa on the beach overlooking Morecambe Bay, when the car became embedded in the rutted sand.

Police said the couple became frantic when the incoming tide began to close-in on the stranded vehicle, which refused to budge from the beach.

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Lightning above the rooftops of Preston on July 24. Credit: Sonia Bashir

Lightning above the rooftops of Preston on July 24. Credit: Sonia Bashir

Officers were able to respond within minutes and helped free the car before the tide swept over the beach.

It has led to Lancashire Police issuing a warning, urging people not to drive on to beaches at night.

If you missed the spectacular lightning storm in the skies above Lancashire, you will have another chance tonight.

More storms are expected from 3pm tonight (Thursday, July 25) until 4am on Friday morning.

The couple had to be rescued after their car became stuck on the beach, off Carr Lane, Middleton, near Morecambe, at 3am on Wednesday, July 25.

The couple had to be rescued after their car became stuck on the beach, off Carr Lane, Middleton, near Morecambe, at 3am on Wednesday, July 25.

You can read our full weather report for Thursday and Friday here.