Car pulled from Invercargill estuary

A partially submerged car in Invercargill’s New River Estuary is the subject of much interest today.

The unusual sight, located off the Stead St wharf, had people coming down to the normally quiet area for a look at the seemingly abandoned car.

A police spokesperson said they were informed about 6.45am and the council was dealing with the situation.

Environment Southland staff members were there about 11am to assess the situation and said it was not uncommon to be called out to things like this.

When the car was retrieved, the inside of it was filled with water and sand. Photo: Laura Smith
When the car was retrieved, the inside of it was filled with water and sand. Photo: Laura Smith

One staff member said the issue would be whether they could reach the vehicle before the tide came in.

He called a vehicle recovery service who promptly arrived and pulled the car from its watery resting site by 11.45am.

They were mainly checking to see if there were any oil leaks going into the estuary, of which he could see none, he said.

When the car was retrieved, the inside of it was filled with water and sand. 

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