Body recovered from car in harbour
Published 07/10/2011 | 18:02
The body of an elderly man has been recovered from a car that plunged into the sea at a popular seaside resort.
Emergency workers launched a rescue operation just moments after witnesses saw the vehicle smash through railings at Southwold seafront in Suffolk.
Police initially believed two people were in the car, which filled quickly with water and sunk, but said only the man, believed to be in his 80s and from the local area, was found inside.
Specialist divers from the Metropolitan Police and a crane were used to pull the vehicle from the water.
A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said: "A vehicle has been recovered from the harbour of Southwold and the body of a man was found inside.
"At this stage it is believed he was the only occupant. All the doors of the vehicle were secure and it is not thought there was any one else in the car at the time it went into the harbour.
"Initial indications are that the man was maybe in his 80s and from the local area."
Formal identification of the victim is yet to take place, the spokeswoman added.
An investigation has been launched but police are not treating the incident as suspicious.