The story behind that red Jeep abandoned on Myrtle Beach during Dorian

The story behind that red Jeep abandoned on Myrtle Beach during Dorian

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — New details have emerged about one of the more light-hearted stories surrounding Hurricane Dorian.

Images of a red Jeep stuck in the sand at Myrtle Beach quickly became one of the most iconic images from the Carolinas in this storm on Thursday. Several people caught the Jeep on camera as it appeared to be at serious risk of being swallowed up into the sea.

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On Thursday morning, Myrtle Beach police were called about the Jeep left on the beach.

Police said they found the SUV locked and abandoned in the surf.

HAPPENING NOW: SUV stuck on beach about to get swept away by Hurricane Dorian in Myrtle Beach.

HAPPENING NOW: SUV stuck on beach about to get swept away by Hurricane Dorian in Myrtle Beach. https://abc11.tv/2LvP8rx

Posted by ABC11 WTVD on Thursday, September 5, 2019

The owner told WMBF that his cousin borrowed his Jeep Thursday morning. He said his cousin wanted to drive onto the beach to get a video of the sunrise before the storm.

But he ended up getting stuck in the sand, and then as the weather got worse, it became too dangerous to try to remove it.

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Many people posted videos online, including one of a bagpipe player cranking out "Amazing Grace," a hymn often heard at funerals.

RIP JEEP. This vehicle got stuck in the sand in Myrtle Beach ahead of Hurricane Dorian...it did not fare well. abc11.tv/2UyaWqp

Posted by ABC11 WTVD on Friday, September 6, 2019

Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach police said the vehicle was removed Friday morning.

To add to the tumult, the Jeep's owner said he didn't even know something was wrong with his car until the police showed up at his house.

Only then did he get the full story from his cousin.