High tide swamps cars at Florida beach

Hundreds of cars get stuck in sand at Huguenot Memorial Park

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of cars got stuck in the sand of Huguenot Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon, some for as long as three hours. This posed a big problem when the tide began to come in, swamping some of the vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Jenifer Healey
Photo courtesy of Jenifer Healey

The park was closed by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office because of high tide. Officers were directing traffic exiting the park and keeping everyone else out, including news crews.

[IMAGES: Viewers' photos of rising tide]

Jennifer Healy posted several pictures on the Facebook page of Local 6 sister station WJXT-TV. In one picture, a car was clearly submerged.

People we talked to said many of them got out by helping each other push and Good Samaritans stepping up. 

"People came running toward us from the front end, saying, please everybody just come and help us! Push these cars out of the way!" Maria Vazquez said.

Photo courtesy of Jenifer Healey
Photo courtesy of Jenifer Healey

"I do not know how to swim. Everything that came to my kind, I mean, the worst thing was us getting out of the car, picking up the phone, and just trying to get out. It was bad."

The beach closed early Sunday afternoon, with officers citing high tides. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office directed traffic as cars exited the park.

"Everybody was really calm and helpful. They were trying to get the smaller cars up higher, up toward the dryer spot. All the SUVs and the bigger trucks were staying behind. We were freaking out, freaking out," said Jenifer Purdy.

The drivers we talked to said it took at least three hours to make it out.

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