Driver abandons Jeep at Myrtle Beach after driving it into water during Dorian

A Jeep stuck in the water on Myrtle Beach after a driver tried to see how far into the water they could take it. (Photo: WMBF via NBC News)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WTHR) — A Jeep got stuck in the water after a driver took it onto Myrtle Beach as Hurricane Dorian rolled in.

Police told WMBF someone decided to see how far they could drive the Jeep into the water. They got out and left when the Jeep got stuck.

The owner of the Jeep later told the TV station his cousin had borrowed the vehicle and "thought it would be cool to go on the beach and take a quick video of the sunrise before the storm came." The cousin didn't see a runoff on the beach and wasn't paying attention when he drove into it, getting stuck.

The owner said his cousin avoided him for a couple hours, not telling him what happened. Police eventually alerted the owner to the situation.

With strong winds and heavy rain battering the coast, officers said there was not a lot they could do to get the vehicle out.

WMBF offered a live stream of the car in the water, garnering lots of attention from viewers online.

Video showed the waves sweeping over the Jeep, moving it yards down the shore. As the tide increased, water rose to the level of the car's tires. The storm also knocked the license plate off the back of the car.

Plenty of onlookers stopped to take photos and videos of the stranded car.

The car's owner fears when police are finally able to tow the Jeep away, the vehicle will have to be totaled.