Jeep owner explains why vehicle was left on South Carolina beach during Dorian

The owner of the Jeep abandoned on Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Thursday — as Hurricane Dorian was barreling toward the area — has been in contact with authorities in hopes of recovering his vehicle when the storm calms down.

The man, who requested anonymity, reached out to WMBF to explain just how his red Jeep ended up on the beach.

“My cousin has been around, he rides a motorcycle — so I thought I’d let him borrow my Jeep because the weather has been so bad,” he said. “This morning he thought it would be cool to go on the beach and take a quick video of the sunrise before the storm came.

“So he got on the beach and started driving it. I guess there’s that runoff there and he didn’t realize it was in front of him, he was looking out the window when he went off and got stuck. … You can see he actually banged up the bumper a bit.”

The cousin apparently made attempts to contact help with towing the vehicle off the beach but the weather conditions thwarted his best efforts.

Charleston, S.C., about 90 miles south of Myrtle Beach, was hit with heavy wind and rain, leaving thousands of residents without power and creating severe flooding in the region.

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