May #JeepWatch2019 live forever in our hearts.

By Meghan Overdeep
September 06, 2019
WPDE ABC 15

As Hurricane Dorian skirted the South Carolina coastline on Thursday, people across the country found themselves transfixed by a bizarre scene unfolding in Myrtle Beach.

Somebody had parked a red Jeep in the sand at 37th Avenue North that morning and it was slowly being swallowed up by the sea. News crews flocked to the scene to provide live coverage of #JeepWatch2019, and millions of Americans tuned in to watch the water inch towards the mystery vehicle and eventually get walloped by the waves.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department told WPDE they were notified about the vehicle early Thursday morning. Authorities found the car locked and abandoned on the beach, and as weather conditions worsened, determined that it wouldn't be safe to remove the vehicle. Fearing it would be swept into the ocean, police attached a buoy to the car so they would be able to find it later.

High tide came in around noon, and the Atlantic began overtaking the vehicle in dramatic fashion. Groups of brave onlookers made their way to the beach to take selfies with the mysterious SUV and viewers across the county watched in awe as Mother Nature loosened its tires and even pulled its bumper off.

On Thursday evening, after plenty of speculation as to how the Jeep found itself stranded in Dorian's path, the car's owner reached out to WMBF. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, explained that his cousin borrowed the Jeep and drove it onto the beach in the hopes of taking a sunrise video. Unfortunately, the cousin got the vehicle stuck and was unable to get help removing it.

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"It's probably going to end up being totaled," he said. "I didn't want it totaled... the Jeep is an awesome Jeep."

And totaled it was. The infamous car was removed from the beach early Friday morning by Myrtle Beach city workers and brought to an undisclosed location where WMBF's Patrick Lloyd was able to survey the damage.

"Man, it got all types of messed up," Lloyd observes in a video (below) of the infamous Jeep.

And there you have it. #JeepWatch2019 has ended.

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