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Helpless driver watches on as his Ford Falcon sinks in Botany Bay twice after sliding off boat ramp

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An Aussie driver watched on helplessly after his 1980s Ford Falcon XF plunged into the ocean twice, after rolling backwards down a boat ramp.

The classic Ford was waterlogged twice in one afternoon after plummeting down the ramp, in Port Botany in Sydney’s south.   

The video was uploaded to Facebook on Sunday, and has received hundreds of comments from sympathetic viewers. 

In the short clip, the Falcon is pulled from the top of the ramp by a ute attached to a rope.

The driver of the Falcon grabbed his possessions from the car as they began to float through the open windows

The driver of the Falcon grabbed his possessions from the car as they began to float through the open windows

The rope pulling the Falcon to safety can be heard snapping, causing the vehicle to slide backwards and re-enter the water

The rope pulling the Falcon to safety can be heard snapping, causing the vehicle to slide backwards and re-enter the water

The red Ford Falcon is completely submerged at the start of the video, before it begins to float towards the ramp as curious onlookers stand by to watch. 

The driver motions to stop the car as personal belongings begin to float away through the Falcon’s open windows. 

The driver then grabs his keys so he can attempt to steer the car over to the ramp.  

Just as the Falcon inches up the ramp, a loud ripping sound can be heard, as the car breaks loose and rolls down the ramp again with both front and back doors open. 

The heart-broken driver holds on to the front door helplessly as his pride and joy re-enters the ocean and begins to sink. 

Onlookers can be heard calling to the driver to let go of the car door. 

‘Just let it go!’, one man calls out. 

‘Just leave it honey, otherwise it’ll take you down, says the drivers presumed partner. 

‘Come on babe, the water’s too strong’, she called out. 

The driver is seen finally letting go, splashing the water in front of him in frustration.  

The Falcon was completely submerged in the water, as curious by-standers stopped to watch

The Falcon was completely submerged in the water, as curious by-standers stopped to watch

Hundreds of Facebook users have flooded the video with messages of sympathy for the Ford driver.

‘Poor bloke, someone please buy him a beer tonight’, one comment read.   

That’s a real shame. Nice old classic falcon. Very much feel for the guy’, one user sympathised. 

‘We’ve all done dumb sh*t’, one Facebook user said, to which another replied, ‘Yeah maybe but I definitely haven’t reversed a nice XF into Botany Bay’.  

Several others shared their own horror stories of using the Port Botany boat ramp.  

‘How many cars have to be lost before they actually do some work, they need to clean the bottom of the ramp, at low tide it’s so slippery and full of moss’, one user said. 

‘The ramp needs maintenance, it’s very very slippery now at low tide and very dangerous! We almost went in a few weeks ago because our wheels just kept sliding, do something about it!’, another user shared. 

The Ford Falcon XF was a trendy choice of vehicle in the 1980’s, with 280,000 sold during the three-year peak of the model’s popularity. 

A second-hand Ford Falcon XF can be bought for prices ranging from $1800-$4070, according to evaluations by CarsGuide

The notoriously slippery boat ramp has caused other vehicles to enter the water at Botany Bay

The notoriously slippery boat ramp has caused other vehicles to enter the water at Botany Bay

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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