A strange signal was emitted by a fisherman's sonar in Lake Wylie. This prompted a deep-water hunt by divers from York County Sheriffs Office.
It was not the largest fish in the world nor the most mysterious creature that anyone had ever seen before.
They were able to find a BMW.
Special airbags lift the BMW to the surface at Lake Wylie on Wednesday September 15, 2021.
Trent Faris, a Sheriffs Office spokesperson, stated that the car was approximately 50 feet from shore and 20 feet deep.
Faris stated that divers used special air bags to lift the car to the surface and then took it to the nearby Allison Creek boat landing. This is on the western side of the lake.
Investigators reported the car as stolen in Charlotte in 2017.
Tega Cay and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers helped in its recovery.
Faris stated that the object was discovered by a fisherman more than a month prior and reported it immediately to the Sheriffs Office. Faris said that the removal of the car was a complicated task and required coordination by several agencies.
Faris stated that the object was reported by the fisherman to the sheriffs boat patrol who used their sonar to determine it was a car. Sheriffs divers were then sent into the lake to identify the object.
Faris stated that it is very rare to find a car on the lake.
Lake Wylie: Strange things
However, strange things have been discovered in Lake Wylie throughout the years.
The Observer reported that salvage divers found long-lost rings and jewelry. A pacu is a South American fish that looks a lot like a piranha caught by a fisherman.
Small alligators were last seen in the lake in 2015
Officials recovered 2 pounds of marijuana from a driver who led police on a chase between Charlotte and York County. He was driving the lake near Ebenezer park.
Facebook residents were quick to share their wisdom after the discovery of BMW.
A man commented that crappie fishermen go too far in making brush piles these day.
Some fish are going to get up this morning, and be like "Where the hell is my car?" posted a woman.
Another man said that if we put it into a bag of rice, we should be in a position to save it. He was referring to a popular way to get a water-soaked phone to work again.