Stolen car dragged from Clarence River
By RENEE FORD
POLICE and onlookers waited anxiously yesterday morning as a vehicle was winched from the Clarence River, hoping there wasn't anyone inside.
A 1978 green Ford Falcon XC was discovered by a South Grafton man almost submerged in the Clarence River.
Police called Grafton Towing Help to remove the car from the river, near the South Grafton Marina.
The Falcon was so far submerged that Kyle Hands of Terry Moulds Smash Repairs had to dig out his speedos and go swimming to find the tow ball.
Once the car was hauled out of the water, police forcibly opened the car door and waited for the excess water to pour out before inspecting the cabin. Police then jimmied the boot to see what was inside. Nothing suspicious was found.
Grafton police later confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen.
"It looks like the left rear window was the point of entry and the ignition was forced," Senior Constable Simon Trivett said.
The vehicle's left rear window was broken, the bonnet smashed and the windscreen severely cracked.