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UPDATE: Two people located deceased in submerged vehicle - Port Stephens

Sunday, 02 January 2022 03:32:23 PM

Two people have been located deceased during the recovery of a submerged vehicle at 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.

Initial inquiries indicated a person was deceased within the vehicle.

A crime scene was established and during the recovery of the vehicle, the bodies of two people – a man and woman – were located inside. They are yet to be formally identified.

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

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident has commenced.

The Soldiers Point boat ramp remains closed.

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.