Rescue operation launched after car ends up in Cumbrian river

A major search is underway in Kendal after reports of a man being swept into the River Kent in his car.

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Body of local man in his 80s found in River Kent

The roof of a car submerged in the River Kent Credit: ITV Border

A body has been found by police and fire and rescue crews searching for a man believed to have crashed into the river Kent in Kendal.

Cumbria police was called to Aynam Road just before 4pm yesterday after reports an elderly gentleman had been seen trying to get out of his car as it floated down the river.

A runner described seeing a "well dressed elderly man" trying to get out of his car as it was swept downstream. It is believed he managed to get out of the car but told witnesses he couldn't hang on any longer.

The man's car was found as the river level dropped this morning and then a member of the public reported seeing a body entangled in tree branches near Scroggs Wood in Helsington, around a mile further south.

He has been identified as a local man in his 80s. Next of kin have been informed but his identity has not been released. He is not from Kendal.

Police divers are now working to recover the vehicle and investigate how the car left the road.

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