Car and trailer in creek
A CROWD gathered at the Fishery Creek boat ramp at Ballina yesterday, and Pacific Hwy traffic slowed to a crawl over the bridge as a car and trailer were hauled out of the water.
It is not known how the late-model Holden Captiva and its boat trailer ended up on the bottom of the creek.
However it is understood that the incident happened about 6pm on Thursday.
The boat escaped a similar fate as it was tied up to the nearby wharf.
Ballina fire captain Dennis Henry said firefighters were called to the scene but there was nothing they could do.
“It was pretty much gone,” he said.
“It then becomes the owners' responsibility to get it out of the water.”
One of the owners of the car and trailer, when approached by The Northern Star during yesterday's rescue effort, refused to comment.
But, as one onlooker said: “It can happen pretty bloody easily.”
A scuba diver and tow truck were called to the scene yesterday afternoon and about 2pm the car and trailer were successfully retrieved.
A surfboard loaded in the back was still safe and sound.
But the wallets in the centre console will probably need drying out.