Cumbria

River Kent car plunge death: Man named

Two police officers stand on the bank of the River Kent with the top of a car visible in the water
Image caption The top of the vehicle became visible as the river level dropped

A man who died after his car plunged into a Cumbrian river has been named.

Charles Maurice Mercer's body was found by force divers and a boat team searching the River Kent in Kendal.

Witnesses saw a green Suzuki Jimny cross the kerb in Aynam Road and go through barriers into the water at about 15:45 GMT on Monday, Cumbria Police said.

The 86-year-old, from Cartmel, Grange Over Sands, was spotted trying to climb out.

The vehicle was submerged and was not found until the next morning because the river was swollen and fast flowing following heavy rainfall.

Mr Mercer's body was found a short time later further downstream.

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