Car in water

A crowd of onlookers gathered Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, outside of MacRae’s, snapping photos and videos of a bizarre scene that had unfolded in the early morning hours at the boat ramp — a diver and a tow truck company working to remove a Nissan Versa from the water.

The owner of a Nissan Versa called the Citrus County 911 call center at approximately 11:17 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 to report their car sank at 3 a.m. in the Homosassa River at the boat dock next to MacRae’s off of South Cherokee Way in Homosassa, according to information provided by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the call log, the owner told Deputy Randy Robinson in a separate call she didn’t know there was a boat ramp at the end of Cherokee Way and ran her car into the water and hitchhiked back to Chiefland. She refused to come back to the scene.

The sheriff’s office classified the incident as a traffic wreck and turned it over to the Florida Highway Patrol, records show.

The U.S. Coast Guard came into mark a “navigational hazard, said an FHP trooper on scene.

Diver Don Markham, an independent contractor with Don’s Academy of Diving in Crystal River, worked with GS Auto out of Homosassa to secure the vehicle so it could be pulled from the river.

After more than an hour of work, the car was removed, and as it surfaced the crowd cheered.

According to the FHP trooper on scene, no charges are pending.