Tavistock woman named as King Harry Ferry victim
By Tavy_People | Friday, March 22, 2013, 14:54
A TAVISTOCK woman has been named as the person who died when a car rolled off a ferry slipway in Cornwall. Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed this morning that the victim was 74-year-old Ann Pewter from Tavistock...
Rescue teams removing the car from the King Harry Ferry crossing on Roseland Penisula, near Truro. Police have confirmed that 74-year-old Ann Pewter from Tavistock died in the tragedy. Photo: Jonathan Jacobs
At approximately 4.05pm on Wednesday 20 March, emergency services were called to the King Harry Ferry crossing point on the Roseland Peninsula, near Truro, following a report of a car having gone into the water on the Feock side.
It's understood that the driver, a man in his 70s, had left the vehicle to take photos while the ferry was on the other side of the river. The car then rolled down the slipway, bumped another vehicle out of the way and entered the water.
The car was underwater for about two hours. A local mussel diver made many attempts to rescue the woman, but was unable to do so. When the car was eventually recovered, Mrs Pewter was pronounced dead at the scene, along with two dogs also trapped in the car.
It's understood that because Mrs Pewter was in the vehicle at the time it entered the water, the incident is being treated as a road traffic collision. The serious collisions unit will be investigating.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information, especially those in vehicles that were present at the time of the incident. Any witnesses should ring Devon and Cornwall police on 101 quoting log number 456 20/03/13.
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