A 28-year-old man has been charged after police shared dramatic footage of a ute ploughing into the ocean just metres away from where children were swimming.
Authorities shared video of the bizarre incident as they appealed for help in locating the driver.
In the footage filmed at Ocean Beach, on Queensland's Bribie Island, a ute can be seen driving at speed into the water as those nearby look on in shock.
The incident took place over the weekend with the driver allegedly trying to cross the lagoon inlet.
"At about 10.30am a Nissan Patrol utility was seen accelerating into a deep water crossing towards swimmers, who had to quickly move out of its path," Queensland Police said in a statement.
"Due to the depth of the water, the vehicle was unable to cross and became submerged."
A number of bystanders quickly came to the driver's aid, helping to rescue the vehicle.
Police shared the vision on social media as they appealed for the public's help.
"Gotta love those blokes running in to help considering it was such a foolish thing to do," one Facebook user commented.
A 28-year-old man has since been charged with dangerous driving over the incident.
"An ongoing investigation after police became aware of the footage led to the alleged driver being issued with that charge," a police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia on Wednesday morning.
The man is due to appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on April 7.
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