Jeep abandoned on Myrtle Beach shore survives the night through Hurricane Dorian

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — It's a sight to behold.

A Jeep that was left to the elements on the shore of Myrtle Beach made it through the night — but not quite unscathed.

The Jeep caught the attention of the nation Thursday as it was left on the beach at Myrtle Beach during Hurricane Dorian.

FOX8 livestreamed video of the stranded Jeep on Facebook and as of Thursday night the video had been viewed more than 150,000 times.

By Friday morning, live video proved the Jeep was still on the beach, albeit with clear damage to the front bumper and an apparent crack on the driver's side window. It's unclear what other damage occurred or if what made its way inside.

The owner of the Jeep, who did not want to be identified, reached out to WMBF to explain how it got there.

He said his cousin rides a motorcycle and, because of the bad weather, he let his cousin borrow the Jeep.

"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," the owner told WMBF.

The owner said he thinks his cousin went off a runoff because he was looking out the window and didn't realize it was in front of him.

His cousin called people trying to get the Jeep out but no one could help because of the conditions, the owner said.

"He avoided me for a good hour or two because he didn’t know what to say and then police actually came to the house," the owner told WMBF.

The owner said Thursday he hopes the Jeep isn't totaled but he thinks it probably is.

A tow truck took the Jeep away at about 8 a.m Friday morning.

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