Pembroke Park Lake Reveals 25 Underwater Vehicles3, Scandalous Schemes — By Trace America on February 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM
When talking about a parking lot, most people would envision a paved area that’s usually divided into individual spaces for cars to park in. However, that isn’t quite the case for 25 cars found parked at the bottom of a Pembroke Park lake.
According to WPLG News, over two dozen cars and trucks were found underwater in a Pembroke Park lake, where they have been brought back to the surface one by one.
On February 21st, the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Dive and Rescue Team spent all day starting the daunting task of removing those vehicles from their underwater graveyard, where the water can get up to 50 feet deep in certain places. It will take days to get all 25 cars.
Investigators noted that most of the cars that were found in the lake were either stolen or abandoned their for insurance fraud purposes.
Sam Lapinsky, of the BSO Dive and Rescue Team, stated that at least 25 cars were found in the lake. He also used sonar equipment to scan the bottom of the lake, which created a map that helped the team pinpoint the locations of the vehicles rather quickly.
Lapinsky stated, “Some of the cars are stacked on top of each other, so you have to be careful when you’re working around vehicles like that because they may be unstable.”
The lake came to the attention of investigators back in October when a mother and her 3-year-old daughter had to be rescued from the lake after their car plunged in.
“When our divers went in after the rescue was done and our divers went in to recover the vehicle, they bumped into another vehicle,” Lapinsky said.
Investigators believe the cars could answer some questions in previous cases.
Lapinsky also noted, “When we solve those missing persons cases, it makes it all worth it. To know the mystery is over for someone — now they can put it to bed. They don’t have to wonder anymore what happened.”
Uncovering the secrets of the lake is a difficult job that is shared by tow truck drivers, homicide detectives, auto experts, medical examiners, forensic experts, and divers. The results of the investigation are still pending.
This post is authored by Trace America.