Family praises River Fal car plunge diver

Ann Pewter
Image caption Mrs Pewter's family said her death had left an "enormous hole" in their lives

The family of a woman who died when her car plunged off a slipway in Cornwall have paid tribute to a diver who tried to save her.

Ann Pewter, 74, from Tavistock, Devon, died at the King Harry Ferry crossing point on the River Fal on 20 March.

Mussel diver Matt Vernon tried to rescue Mrs Pewter but said afterwards he felt he had "failed her".

But Mrs Pewter's family issued a statement thanking him for trying to rescue her.

It said: "We have no words to express our thanks to the diver for his selfless efforts and disregard of his own personal safety in attempting to recover the car."

They also thanked everyone else involved in the attempt to rescue Mrs Pewter and her dogs from the vehicle.

Her family said her loss, and that of her dogs, had created "an enormous hole" in their lives.

Devon and Cornwall Police said Mrs Pewter's death was being treated as a road traffic collision and was being investigated by the serious collisions unit.

The car's driver was unharmed.

The King Harry Ferry is a chain ferry which has been operating since 1888.

It connects St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula with Truro and Falmouth.

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