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Body located in submerged vehicle - Port Stephens

Sunday, 02 January 2022 09:55:14 AM

A recovery operation is underway after police located the body of a man inside a submerged vehicle in Port Stephens today.

Just after 4.30am (Sunday 02 January 2022), emergency services were called to Soldiers Point boat ramp following reports of a vehicle in the water.

Officers attached to Port Stephens- Hunter Police District attended and located a white hatchback fully submerged.

The body of man, yet to be formally identified, was found within the vehicle.

A crime scene has been established and a recovery operation is underway.

Officers from Port Stephens- Hunter Police District are being assisted by Police Rescue, Marine Area Command divers, and SES volunteers.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident has commenced.

The Soldiers Point boat ramp will be closed until late this afternoon due to the operation.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.