A DRIVER had a lucky escape after accidentally driving his recently bought car over the beach and into the sea at Milford.
The motorist was in his new Skoda automatic vehicle in the car park next to the Needles Eye café just after 1.30pm yesterday (Thursday) when the incident happened.
Witnesses told the A&T the driver attempted a manoeuvre but the car went forward, pushed aside a wooden bench and ploughed down the shingle and into the water.
Before going into the water the Skoda suffered some minor damage to the front side on striking the bench.
A woman, who did not want to be identified, said: “It’s a very new car and the driver apparently accidentally hit the accelerator and went straight down. New parking space in Milford!”
Another passer-by added: “It’s certainly a novel way of avoiding parking charges.”
Hampshire police officers and an ambulance attended the scene and got the driver out of the car before checking him over.
A spokesman for the force did not give any details about the motorist, but confirmed he did not suffer any injuries.
As high tide was lapping at the Skoda’s wheels, a recovery truck came at around 4pm and pulled it out of the water.