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River Tyne search after car plunge; Divers scour river for driver.



Byline: By SONIA SHARMA

A MASSIVE search was carried out after a car was spotted plunging into the River Tyne.

Police divers, traffic officers, a helicopter and a crew from Tynemouth RNLI RNLI (in Britain) Royal National Lifeboat Institution

RNLI n abbr (BRIT) (= Royal National Lifeboat Institution) → organización benéfica que proporciona un servicio de lanchas de socorro

 helped in the search near the South Shields South Shields, city (1991 pop. 86,488), South Tyneside, NE England, at the mouth of the Tyne River. It is a significant port. Shipbuilding and marine engineering are the main industries; chemicals and paints are manufactured.  ferry landing yesterday.

Officers received a call from a member of the public at around 5.40am saying a car had apparently gone into the river near the TS Collingwood building and the North East Maritime Trust premises.

Police cordoned off the area while the search took place.

At around 11.30am, a P-registered red Ford Mondeo The Ford Mondeo is a large family car sold by the Ford Motor Company in various markets throughout the world. The name "Mondeo" is derived from the Latin for world, mundus.  estate was pulled from the water using a crane. There was no-one inside the car.

A police spokesman said: "Searches in the area have now finished and officers are making inquiries to establish the owner of the vehicle. The car will be forensically examined."

Sgt Dean Walter, of South Shields police, added: "We don't know if the car was occupied when it went into the water.

"When the car was recovered, there was no-one inside. We are making inquiries to find the registered keeper."

A spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI said the crew reached the scene and started searching for any signs of casualties.

He added: "After some time, the only apparent sign that a vehicle had entered the water was a small stream of bubbles rising to the surface.

"Due to the high tide any vehicle would be already submerged by approximately four metres and the tide was continuing to rise.

"Tynemouth RNLI inshore in·shore  
adv. & adj.
1. Close to a shore.

2. Toward or coming toward a shore.


inshore
Adjective

in or on the water, but close to the shore:
 lifeboat completed out a comprehensive search of the river around the scene of the incident while a police diving Police diving is a branch of professional diving carried out by police services. Police divers are usually sworn police officers, and may either be employed full-time as divers or as general water police officers, or be volunteers who usually serve in other units but are called in  unit was alerted.

"It was decided that diving was the only method of locating the vehicle and all other search units were stood down, pending any further requests for assistance from Northumbria Police."

Bill Burton, a passer-by, told the Chronicle: "I don't know what happened, but I saw a lot of police officers in the area. They had cordoned off the site and were carrying out searches. There was a recovery vehicle and police divers.

"Then I saw a red car being pulled out of the water."

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EMPTY VEHICLE: A crane pulls the red Ford Mondeo from the river after police divers searched the area
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 31, 2007
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