A Police Officer inspects a sinking car in Tucker’s Creek Canal opposite Woomba Place, Mooloolaba, at 5:15pm Monday, November 9, 2015, about 15 minutes after it ran into the water.
A Police Officer inspects a sinking car in Tucker’s Creek Canal opposite Woomba Place, Mooloolaba, at 5:15pm Monday, November 9, 2015, about 15 minutes after it ran into the water. Bob Hogan

Oops! Empty car goes for a swim in Mooloolaba canal

A MOTORIST at Mooloolaba appears to have had a fairly harsh lesson in the value of hand brakes after their car rolled into the Tuckers Creek canal, managing to stay partially afloat for about an hour before sinking entirely.

Resident Bob Hogan lives on the other side of the canal and saw the car roll into the water about 5pm on Monday.

"A car ran down the ramp from the block of apartments at Woomba Place and went into the canal and started sinking," Mr Hogan said.

Intial fears someone may have been in the car were quickly relieved. Mr Hogan said water police arrived so quickly they were already on the scene by the time he'd got to his phone to start dialling. One of the officers paddled out on a kayak to check the car and confirm no-one was trapped in there.

Mr Hogan said the car took about an hour to sink entirely, floating away about 50 metres towards the junction of the next canal.

Eventually police divers came in to attach tow cables to the submerged car and a tow truck pulled it out.

"The whole top of the car had caved in, although it was a write-off anyway, being submerged in salt water," Mr Hogan said.

The Daily has contacted Sunshine Coast police asking the cost of the operation to retrieve the car and whether the owner will be billed for it.



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