AN unfortunate motorist saw their car swallowed up by the water after parking at West Mersea.

The photo, taken by Michael Summer on Saturday, shows a vehicle being swept away on a high tide on the island close to the hard and West Mersea Yacht Club in Coast Road.

Mr Summer said numerous paddleboarders watched on helplessly as the car drifted out at 3.30pm.

He said: "Obviously it is somebody who doesn't know to much about the tides and they got caught out.

"There were lots of people there but by the time it was into the water there was nothing anyone could really do.

"I think the car is going to be wrecked.

"It was so far into the water.

"It'll be an interesting one to try and claim on the insurance."