Car pulled from river after horrifying harbour plunge sparks frantic hunt for survivors

Car pulled from river after horrifying harbour plunge sparks frantic hunt for survivors

A car has plunged into a harbour with at least one person inside as authorities search the water for casualties.

One person has been pulled from the water at Strangford Harbour, Northern Ireland, and taken to hospital, the RNLI said.

A rescue operation continues to determine if there were others in the vehicle.

Video footage and photos from the scene appear to show a car being lifted out of the water.

“Police and other emergency service colleagues are currently dealing with an incident during which a car entered the water at Strangford Harbour,” the Police Service Northern Ireland said.

A spokeswoman for the RLNI told the Belfast Telegraph: “Portaferry RNLI and Portaferry Coastguard recovered a casualty from the water who was subsequently transferred to hospital.

“A search is ongoing to ensure no other casualties are involved.”

A photo shows emergency services at the scene as a car appears to be lifted out of the water

Fire services were alerted to the incident at around 11.40am. 

A spokesman from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service told Mirror Online:  “Firefighters are in attendance at an incident on Quay Road in Strangford where a car had entered the water.

“The incident is ongoing.”

He added: “Two Appliances from Downpatrick Fire Station, one Appliance from Ballynahinch Fire Station and the Specialist Rescue Team are in attendance.”

A witness tweeted: “At the scene of a major incident in Strangford County Down where it’s believed a vehicle and its occupants have entered the waters of Strangford lough.”

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Another said: “Major incident in Strangford with car having gone over the quay.

“Local man dived into water to get the man out, praying he makes it.”

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