Two people dead after Hooe Lake car plunge

Car being lifted from the estuary
Image caption The car was later lifted out of Hooe Lake in Plymouth

Two people who were pulled from a submerged car after it plunged into an estuary have died.

The vehicle came off the road and fell 20 feet (6m) into Hooe Lake in Plymouth, Devon, just before 14:00 BST, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Police officers and members of the public entered the water in an effort to rescue the pair.

A man, 75, was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and a woman was also recovered from the vehicle.

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Officers carried out resuscitation on the man after they pulled him from the Peugeot estate car which had turned on its roof.

A woman was also recovered from the vehicle by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

John Wheeler, an eyewitness, said: "I saw what I believe was a policeman jump in the water and swim and wade out to the submerged vehicle."

Emergency services including the air ambulance, the coastguard and the lifeboat service attended.

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Image caption An eyewitness said he saw what he believed to be a policeman swim out to the car which had turned on to its roof
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Image caption The vehicle came off the road falling 20 feet (6m) into the estuary

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