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Toyota Prado ends up submerged in Batavia Marina after driver stops to get bottle of water from boot

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
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VideoToyota Prado ends up submerged in Batavia Marina after driver stops to get bottle of water from boot.

One Geraldton man started his Easter long weekend with a sinking feeling, after his vehicle ended up at the bottom of the Batavia Marina on Thursday.

Fishermen working on vessels and customers sitting at Skeeta’s Restaurant and Cafe watched in shock as a white Toyota Prado floated in the waters at the marina about 1.40pm.

A local boater watches on as a Toyota Prado sinks into the ocean.
Camera IconA local boater watches on as a Toyota Prado sinks into the ocean. Credit: Supplied

The vehicle slowly drifted deeper, as it filled up with water and completely sunk nose first into the water.

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The owner of the vehicle, who did not want to be named, said he stopped to get a drink from the boot of the car.

When he slammed the back door, he said the car began rolling into the water.

A man who owned a boat at one of the pens assisted. He put his dive gear on and attached a tow rope to the vehicle, which had sunk to the bottom of the marina.

A Toyota Prado has ended up on the bottom of the Batavia marina after the driver stopped to get a bottle of water.
Camera IconA Toyota Prado has ended up on the bottom of the Batavia marina after the driver stopped to get a bottle of water. Credit: Jessica Moroney/Geraldton Guardian

A tow truck hoisted the vehicle out of the water, with the help of another driver that stopped to help.

No one was harmed and the vehicle was safely retrieved about 3.30pm.

A local boater watches on as a Toyota Prado sinks into the ocean.
Camera IconA local boater watches on as a Toyota Prado sinks into the ocean. Credit: Supplied

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