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Truro: Woman Dies After Car Rolls Into River
An elderly woman has drowned after the car she was in slid into a river from a ferry slipway.
The vehicle plunged into the River Fal while waiting to board the King Harry Ferry near Truro, Cornwall, at around 4pm on Wednesday.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the male driver was not in the vehicle at the time of the car entering the water and escaped unharmed.
The body of the woman was recovered by emergency services two hours later. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police and divers were involved in the search and rescue, alongside fire crews, the Falmouth and Portscatho Coastguard, all-weather RNLI lifeboats and the Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter from Culdrose.
In a statement, the operators of the King Harry Ferry said the car went into the water when the ferry was at the Feock side of the river.
"Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the friends and family of everyone involved in this tragedy," the statement said.
Police are appealing for witnesses with any information to call them on 101 quoting log number 456 20/03/13.
The King Harry Ferry connects St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula with Feock, Truro and Falmouth and is an alternative route to a 27-mile journey through Truro and Tresillian. It has been operating since 1888.