BROWARD (CBSMiami) – Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery investigators are looking for three men they said carjacked a man, stripped him of everything and left him on the side of the road. And for a while Friday morning, deputies and the man’s family thought he was underwater in a canal.READ MORE: There's No Business Like Shoe Business & The High End Sneaker Business Is Booming
It was 6 a.m. when Broward Sheriff’s deputies found a black Chrysler 300 submerged in a canal at 825 NW 27th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.
It’s headlights were still beaming below the surface as divers went under to search for Dannie Herrington.
The 28-year old’s distraught family arrived and watched divers from a canal bank.
“Somebody said his car was found in a canal. That’s how I ended up here,” Herrington’s father, Ervin Bynes, said.
Several people held back Herrington’s frantic mother. But suddenly a phone call let them know Herrington was alive.READ MORE: Wife Of Slain Cyclist Pushes For Safety Measures After 2 More Deaths On Rickenbacker Causeway
“We just got a phone call he is in Florida Medical,” said Bynes.
Herrington was treated there for cuts and bruises.
BSO told CBS4 later Friday that Herrington reported three men with a gun carjacked him at about 3 in the morning near NW 44th Ave. and 43rd St. in Lauderdale Lakes.
They beat and pistol-whipped Herrington, then stripped him of his clothes, belongings and car and left him way west on I-75 near US 27. He said another car stopped and called for help.
“We’re just relieved that he’s OK,” said his father.MORE NEWS: Nationals Squeeze Past Marlins In 10 Innings, Win 5-4
Anyone with information is urged to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.