A new Audi RS6 Avant has been destroyed in the German town of Gundelsheim after the car’s owner inadvertently drove it into the Neckar river.
The incident happened on February 13. It is understood that the 37-year-old owner of the RS6 parked it next to the river to have a toilet break. However, after getting back into the car, he forgot to put it into drive and left it in reverse. When he hit the throttle, the Audi accelerated backward and fell down an embankment before splashing into the river.
Rein-Neckar-Zeitung reports that the man managed to escape through the sunroof and swam to the riverbank. When emergency crews arrived on the scene, he was treated with shock and slight hypothermia.
It took quite some time for authorities to locate the RS6 after it completely sunk into the depths of the river. In fact, several police officers, boats, and a sonar device were used to no avail so the police had to suspend the search on Sunday evening. They did find a number of other cars in the river, however.
On the evening of February 15, the RS6 was finally located using the high-resolution sonar device and the river was closed to ships so the recovery could begin. Divers were tasked with securing the RS6 with straps before it was lifted from the river in front of a small crowd of onlookers.
After pulling the RS6 from the river, police spokesman Carsten Diemer said authorities would start investigating whether the driver’s explanation for the incident was plausible.
Having spent a couple of days underwater, it’s obvious that this RS6 has been completely destroyed and will never return to the roads.
Lead screenshot Stimmetv / Youtube