After a morning of driving the ‘burbs photographing “Bits of Perth” I picked up a sandwich and headed down to the Boat Ramp in Claughton Reserve, Bayswater. There is a colony of pelicans nearby and I was hoping to get some shots.
I looked across the river and thought, “That doesn’t belong there.”
After thinking it was a sunken boat, I realised the blue and white part of the object was a car registration plate. Sitting 30 to 40 metres off the end of the boat ramp it was, at the very least, a navigation hazard. At worst, there could have been someone in the vehicle.
So a quick 3 Km trip to the local police station and I reported the situation and was able to show them the photographs I had taken.
By the time I got back to the boat ramp not only had the two officers I had seen at the station arrived there, they had verified that it was a car with the help of a couple of boaties who were going past.
After about an hour the Water Police and a tow truck arrived almost simultaneously.
A diver swam out and checked that the vehicle was empty and, at the same time, affixed a rope.
A winch on the truck pulled the car ashore. We won’t mention that the Water Police’s favourite length of rope was snapped in the process.
The Water Police headed off to pick up the floating debris.
While everyone else watched the car being pulled ashore.
The people of our Police Force are a special group and are an essential Bit of Perth. It was a privilege to watch them at work.