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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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Police name man found dead in River Kent

The car was found the following day. Credit: ITV Border

Police have identified the body that was found in the River Kent yesterday as Charles Maurice Mercer, aged 86, of Cartmel, Grange Over Sands.

At approximately 3.45pm on Monday 9th November, on Aynam Road in Kendal, his green Suzuki Jimny left the road, mounted the kerb and collided through barriers into the River Kent.

The river was swollen and fast flowing following heavy rainfall and his vehicle was swept downstream.

The vehicle was submerged and despite an extensive multi-agency search, Mr Mercer and his vehicle could not be located that night.

His vehicle was sighted downstream in the river the next morning, off Natland Road, and the body of Mr Mercer was discovered a short time later a further distance downstream, near Scrogg’s Wood.

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