UPDATE:The Papamoa Community rallied together today to pull out a stolen Ute stuck on Papamoa beach.
Police say the owner of the car reported it stolen and it appeared to have been abandoned on the beach.
This morning a member of the Papamoa Link Facebook group who had been walking on the beach posted a photo of the Ute in the water at Taylor’s Reserve.
The photo was seen by the owner who reported that it had been stolen the previous evening.
The water level was rising around the vehicle with the incoming tide as people arrived to assist.
Jase Lunn and Andrew Clunie read the post on Papamoa Link and drove their own 4WD vehicles down to the beach to help.
The Ute has now been towed away.
People are frantically trying to free a four wheel drive Ute from the rising tide at the beach in Papamoa near Taylor Reserve.
Police say the owner of the car reported it stolen.
It appears to have been abandoned on the beach by whoever took it.
Police say at this stage it needs to be towed out of the water.