Bodies of man and woman are pulled from submerged car on the River Trent

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Bodies of man and woman are pulled from submerged car two weeks after it was seen floating down swollen River Trent

A car was seen floating in the River Trent in Nottinghamshire on February 1 The alert was raised after witnesses said they saw the car floating downstream The recovery was delayed with police saying water conditions were challengingPolice recovered the bodies after the car was found in the river using sonar  

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 16:46 GMT, 13 February 2021 | Updated: 17:23 GMT, 13 February 2021

The bodies of a man and a woman have been recovered from a submerged car two weeks after it was seen floating down the swollen River Trent in Nottinghamshire.

Police dive teams located an object believed to be a vehicle on February 2, a day after a car with two passengers was reported to have been seen floating along the river at Hoveringham, between Newark and Nottingham.

High river levels have since hampered efforts to recover the vehicle but two bodies were removed from the water at about 10.30am on Saturday after the car was located on the riverbed using sonar equipment.

Specialist search teams have recovered the bodies of a man and a woman from a submerged car in the River Trent in Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire 

The car went into the river on February 1, but search teams were only able to begin a recovery today because of high water levels 

No formal identification has yet taken place but family members have been informed about the recovery

No formal identification has yet taken place but family members 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.

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.

Police said the search conditions were 'challenging' due to recent floods in the area 

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