Police recover bodies of man and woman from car in River Trent

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olice have recovered the bodies of a man and a woman from a submerged car that has been in the River Trent for nearly two weeks. Search operations had been underway since February 1 when a member of the public reported seeing a car floating in the river near Hoveringham between Newark and Nottingham. The next day police dive teams located an object believed to be a vehicle in the river.

But high river levels made recovery of the car difficult for emergency services. Nottinghamshire Police said two bodies were removed from the water at about 10.30am on Saturday after the car was located on the riverbed using sonar equipment. No formal identification has yet taken place but family members have been informed by a family liaison officer.

Work, which is being supported by a tug boat from Newark, is under way to remove the car. Inspector Tim Ringer, leading the recovery operation, said: “This has been a difficult and complex operation involving dozens of people from multiple agencies.

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“Underwater recoveries of this nature are always very challenging, but our divers’ work has been further complicated by the very fast-flowing water at the site. It was simply not safe to attempt this work before today.

“Our thoughts remain with the family of the deceased who have asked for their privacy to be respected at what I know is an immensely difficult time.”

A file will now be prepared for the coroner.

Additional reporting by PA Media.

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