VE­HI­CLES’ WA­TERY GRAVE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - RYAN KEEN

GOLD Coast water po­lice and army divers have teamed up to re­cover stolen and aban­doned cars from a Lo­gan River dump­ing spot.

Two ve­hi­cles later iden­ti­fied as stolen by po­lice were pulled out of the drink on Fri­day from an area near Skin­ners Park.

The Mazda Tribute and Nis­san Navara were be­lieved to have been stolen in 2013, one from the Coast and one from Lo­gan.

Gold Coast water po­lice act­ing se­nior sergeant Mitch Gray said sonar had de­tected more ve­hi­cles un­der water there and at other ar­eas of the Lo­gan River.

Fur­ther car re­cov­ery dives were planned this week and Mr Gray said he es­ti­mated about a dozen ve­hi­cles would be pulled out. “For years it has been renowned as a place for peo­ple to dump stolen or un­wanted cars.”

Mr Gray said as soon as ve­hi­cles were brought out of the water po­lice im­me­di­ately checked for any bod­ies or prop­erty in­side. The idea for the joint re­cov­ery op­er­a­tion came about af­ter army mem­bers vis­ited the Coast for train­ing and ex­er­cises prior to April’s Com­mon­wealth Games.

“This wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the army.”

Mr Gray said along with be­ing able to let own­ers know what had hap­pened to their cars, the re­moval was a “flood mit­i­ga­tion mea­sure”.

“If th­ese ve­hi­cles are left, they can cause back flood­ing.”

Gold Coast water po­lice and army divers re­cover stolen and aban­doned cars dumped in the Lo­gan river near Skin­ners Park.

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