The car crashed two weeks ago (Pictures: Tristan Potter/SWNS)
Two bodies have been recovered from a submerged car after a major search operation on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire.
Searches had been ongoing since passers-by reported seeing a vehicle with two passengers floating along the river at Hoveringham, between Newark and Nottingham, a fortnight ago on February 1.
The car was located using sonar equipment the days later but high river levels hampered efforts to recover it.
Specialist police dive teams were able to remove the bodies of a man and woman after entering the water at around 10.30am on Saturday.
No formal identification has yet taken place but relatives have been informed by a family liaison officer.
Work, which is being supported by a tug boat from Newark, is under way to remove the car.
Specialist underwater search teams on the River Trent (Picture: Tristan Potter/SWNS)
Searches had been ongoing for a missing car believed to have driven into the river (Picture: Tristan Potter/SWNS)
Two bodies were recovered from the water on Saturday (Picture: Tristan Potter/SWNS)
Inspector Tim Ringer, leading the recovery operation, said: ‘This has been a difficult and complex operation involving dozens of people from multiple agencies.
‘Underwater recoveries of this nature are always very challenging, but our divers’ work has been further complicated by the very fast-flowing water at the site. It was simply not safe to attempt this work before today.
‘Our thoughts remain with the family of the deceased who have asked for their privacy to be respected at what I know is an immensely difficult time.’
A file will now be prepared for the coroner.
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