3 bodies pulled from car submerged in RI harbor

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 1:32 am •  Published: October 6, 2012
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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The bodies of three women were pulled Friday from a car that had been in Newport Harbor for hours after it plunged off a pier and landed on its roof, police said.

Part of the Hyundai Accent was sticking out of about 4 feet of water when it was discovered around 6:30 a.m. at the Newport Shipyard, a privately owned marina near several of the tourist city's largest hotels and vacation condo complexes, Newport police Capt. Fred Gonsalves said. A fuel deliveryman saw the car and alerted authorities, Gonsalves said.

He said police are still investigating when the car went into the water and why, but said they did not suspect foul play.

The car had Rhode Island plates, and Gonsalves said he did not know whether it was a rental car or was owned by one of the women in the car.

The car was hauled out of the water by a crane around 8:30 a.m.

Newport police Capt. Russell Hayes told The Newport Daily News that one of the victims was from New York state and the two others live overseas. He said emergency personnel were notifying the victims' families and no other information was available.

The driver apparently missed a right-hand turn, Hayes told the newspaper.

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