Giving a car an extra bit of gas ended in a splash yesterday.

Constable Mark Brinsdon said a teenage driver with two passengers lost control of the car and ended up in the Saltwater Creek in Tamatea about 1.30pm.

The driver was on a learner's licence so not legally allowed to be carrying passengers.

Brinsdon said the teenagers were lucky no one was injured.

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"He decided to give the car some gas and basically lost control as he has come around a slight bend and ended up in the creek," he said.

"No one had a full licence - he shouldn't have been driving."

A passenger later returned to the half-submerged two-door silver saloon to retrieve belongings through the sunroof.

He was photographed leaping back to the bank by Hawke's Bay Today photographer Paul Taylor.

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Hawke's Bay Towing extracted the vehicle from the creek near the corner of Westminster Ave and Norwich Cres.