You can dive in and drive away
MASTER diver Pete Comerford faced many obstacles in helping to pull a car from the Tweed River on Thursday - least of which was picking the right one.
Mr Comerford said along with the Honda Accord that was pulled from the water there were also another two cars and a mo-ped off the boat ramp on Lakes Dr, Tweed Heads West.
"I have never dived there before and I was surprised," Mr Comerford said.
"There is another car off the Dry Dock Road boat ramp, but mostly it's shopping trolleys."
Mr Comerford says he has also spotted handbags and even a safe.
"It was empty. Someone might have been there before us," he said.
He was called upon to hook a tow cable to the car after a woman drove off the boat ramp about 1.30am on Saturday.
A Tweed Police spokesman said no one was injured in the incident.
Mr Comerford spent more than six hours in the water, first finding the car and then connecting a series of tow cables to reach it.
It was finally located 50m out at a depth of 5.5m.
"The problem was that it was on its roof and we had to drag it," he said.
He said the other cars had been there at least a year and were half-buried in sand.
Southern Cross University diving officer Simon Hartley said Tweed River had a lot of rubbish below the water line but it was not unusual for rivers with a lot of traffic.
"I think you get a lot of shopping trolleys when you have supermarkets close to the river," Mr Hartley said.
He said it was often surprising what's found at the bottom of the Tweed River.
A Woolworths spokeswomen said the collection and replacement of lost, stolen and abandoned trolleys costs Woolworths tens of millions of dollars every year.
"We encourage customers to report abandoned trolleys."