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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.

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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.

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“We just got a phone call he is in Florida Medical,” said Bynes.

Herrington was treated there for cuts and bruises.

BSO said Dannie Herrington suffered these injuries at the hands of three carjackers who were armed with a handgun. (Source: Broward Sheriff's Office)

BSO said Dannie Herrington suffered these injuries at the hands of three carjackers who were armed with a handgun.
(Source: Broward Sheriff’s Office)

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.

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Anyone with information is urged to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.