LATEST: Garda divers arrive at scene to search car found submerged in Cork, vehicle believed to be linked to missing person case

LATEST: Garda divers arrive at scene to search car found submerged in Cork, vehicle believed to be linked to missing person case

Garda divers arriving at the scene in Crosshaven.

LATEST 2.15PM:The Echo understands that the vehicle found submerged by a pier in Crosshaven was discovered when the Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery unit were conducting a routine trial of a new side scan sonar unit known as a 'StarFish' yesterday evening.

Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery volunteers reported the vehicle to Gardaí. Early indications are that the vehicle could be linked to a person who went missing in 2004.

The Garda Sub Aqua team are currently at the scene.

The car is believed to be in a brittle state.

A spokesperson for the Naval Service said that navy divers currently have no involvement but will provide immediate assistance in the recovery operation, if required.

“We have no involvement at this point. The Garda Sub Aqua team are taking the lead. Naval service divers are ready to provide assistance at immediate notice if required,” the spokesperson said.

UPDATED 1.15PM: Garda divers have now arrived at Hugh Coveney Pier in Crosshaven where an investigation has been launched after a car was found submerged in the water.

EARLIER: Gardaí are investigating the discovery of car found submerged in the water near Hugh Coveney Pier in Crosshaven and believe there may be a link to a missing persons case.

Garda divers arriving at the scene in Crosshaven.
Garda divers arriving at the scene in Crosshaven.

The car was discovered by divers yesterday evening and Gardaí were notified. 

The scene is currently preserved and the Garda Water Unit are on their way to conduct a search operation today.

The Echo understands Gardaí are following a definite line of inquiry that the car may be linked to a case regarding a person missing since 2004. 

Gardaí are continuing their enquiries to establish the identity of the vehicle.

The road is currently cordoned off and there is a strong Garda presence in the area.

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