Car plunges into river at Thorpe St Andrew

A silver ford puma in the river in Thorpe St Andrew Picture: Martin George

A silver ford puma in the river in Thorpe St Andrew Picture: Martin George - Credit: Archant

A stolen car has gone into the river in Thorpe St Andrew.

A car plunges into the river in Thorpe St Andrew Picture: Martin George

A car plunges into the river in Thorpe St Andrew Picture: Martin George - Credit: Archant

Police have confirmed no one was in the silver Ford Puma, after a concerned passerby called the police just after 7am. The car was stolen in the city overnight.

Police asked the fire service for help just before 7am, and two crews of firefighters from Sprowston and Carrow were sent to the scene, on Yarmouth Road.

The car entered the water from a small, sloped patch of grass off Yarmouth Road, near the Rivergarde

The car entered the water from a small, sloped patch of grass off Yarmouth Road, near the Rivergarden pub. Picture: Martin George - Credit: Archant

The urban search and rescue team from Dereham was initially called, but stood down before they arrived.

The fire service was stood down at 7.25am.

The car being pulled from the river Picture: @gittekjeldson

The car being pulled from the river Picture: @gittekjeldson - Credit: Archant

The car entered the water from a small, sloped patch of grass off Yarmouth Road, near the Rivergarden pub. There are no tyre marks on the grass, or on the river bed.

A crew from Delmonte Garage, on Concorde Road, which often works with the police on operations like this, is preparing to recover the car.

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James Airdrie, from the garage, said they would have to wade into the river to attach a winch, and drag the car to the river bank. They will then need to rig up a ramp system to get it out of the water.

He added that the weight of the car had probably doubled, because of the water in it.

He estimated the operation could take an hour or more.Did you see what happened, or have any photos? Email louisa.baldwin@archant.co.uk

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