Victim of fatal car plunge in River Fal was from Tavistock
A woman who died after the car she was in rolled down a ferry slipway and into a Cornish river has been identified by police.
Ann Pewter, aged 74, and from the Tavistock area of West Devon, had been waiting to board the King Harry Ferry when the vehicle plunged into the River Fal at about 4pm on Wednesday.
Despite the efforts of a local diver and rescue crews the body of Mrs Pewter was recovered two hours later by the emergency services. Two dogs also died in the tragedy.
Diver Matt Vernon said he tried to rescue Mrs Pewter but could not reach her.
"It was really murky down there," he said. "The river is very deep, around 80ft, the car was down at around 25ft.
"At one point I got down to one side and noticed the window was wide open so the car was completely flooded and I couldn't get in it because of the depth and the cold."
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said Mrs Pewter passenger, was a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.
He said: "The male driver was not in the vehicle at the time of the car entering the water and is unharmed at this time.
"Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information and especially those in vehicles that were present at the time of this unfortunate accident."