Dramatic footage has emerged of a woman being rescued from a submerged car off the coast of Cumbria.
The woman became stranded on a beach between Mawbray and Beckfoot as the tide was coming in, and was forced to clamber to the top of her vehicle to try and escape the rising sea water.
Belfast Coastguard raised the alarm at around 10.40am GMT, after they were alerted via an emergency call that the woman couldn’t swim.
She was finally rescued by a Silloth lifeboat, and was treated for hypothermia.
Boat crews from Silloth and Maryport, who rescued her along with officers from Cumbria Police, said she was lucky to be alive.
An RNLI spokesman told the BBC: ‘On arrival, the crews could see the casualty on top of the vehicle and quickly established a safe route around it in order to rescue her.
‘Some of the crew entered the water to reposition the casualty in order for the lifeboat to recover her.
‘She was treated for mild hypothermia and fortunately had no other injuries. She was very lucky, especially with the fast incoming tide.
‘If it had been much later we could have been looking at a different outcome.’