Sadness in community as two bodies recovered from River Trent

People in Hoveringham have spoken of their sadness after news that two bodies have been recovered from the River Trent.

Police crews had been searching in the river at Hoveringham after reports of a car entering the water on February 1.

Difficult weather conditions and fast flowing water had hindered the search, however police confirmed a dive team had recovered the bodies of a man and woman at 10.30am on Saturday, February 13.

The family of the deceased has been informed but no formal identification has yet taken place.

Inspector Tim Ringer, leading the recovery operation, said: “This has been a difficult and complex operation involving dozens of people from multiple agencies.

“Underwater recoveries of this nature are always very challenging, but our divers’ work has been further complicated by the very fast flowing water at the site. It was simply not safe to attempt this work before today.

“Shortly after 10.30am this morning were able to enter the water and – as expected – discovered two bodies inside the vehicle. In line with previously agreed plans, these were taken to the opposite bank and driven away for formal identification.

“Our thoughts remain with the family of the deceased, who have asked for their privacy to be respected at what I know is an immensely difficult time.”

Nottinghamshire Police and the Environment Agency set off from Boat Lane near Bleasby as they to search a section of the River Trent near Gibsmere in Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire Police and the Environment Agency set off from Boat Lane near Bleasby as they to search a section of the River Trent near Gibsmere in Nottinghamshire.
(Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Roger Jackson, who represents the Southwell ward for Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “I heard the news today.

“It’s very, very tragic what has happened.

“We don’t know what the circumstances are around it, but it’s awful for everybody involved. My heart goes out to their family.

“I have been speaking to the local parish council and highways team to see whether we need to do some work to see if we can stop it from happening again.

“It was quite traumatic for those that witnessed it – I understand some residents saw what was happening – but there was absolutely nothing they could do.

“That will play on people’s minds.”

Meanwhile, Adam Lamborne, the landlord of the Reindeer at Hoveringham, said: “I don’t know the couple personally, but it’s very sad what has happened.

“It’s obviously been a difficult time for everyone, including us as a public house in the current climate.

“But you have moments where things like this put everything into perspective, I think.”

Work is underway to remove the car, which was located last week by a sonar device supplied by the North West Underwater Police Search Team.

Witnesses reported seeing two occupants inside the car when it entered the water – police say they believe they know who they are and their relatives are being supported by the force.


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