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Tributes paid to learner driver and father who died in waterway crash

India Place and her father Daniel Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Tributes have been paid after a learner driver died together with her father when the car she had been bought for her 21st birthday plunged into a fast flowing watercourse.

India Place and her father Daniel, who was 52, died despite frantic efforts by members of the public and emergency crews to rescue them from the upturned vehicle which was submerged in chest deep water.

The crash happened near the Primary School on Sea Road Credit: Lincolnshire Police

The tragedy happened when India's white Fiat Punto came off Sea Road in Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire, on Monday afternoon.

Police divers, fire service boats, paramedics and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance were called to Orby Drain just before 3.22pm.

India worked at The Seascape Cafe at the North Sea Observatory, in Chapel St Leonards. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

India, who had a provisional licence, is believed to have been driving the car with her father in the passenger seat, when it careered off the road, over a metal guardrail and into the watercourse. .

Police are appealing for anyone who may have dash-cam footage to get in touch Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Police have praised passers-by who risked their own lives to try and rescue India and her father before police and fire crews arrived on the scene.

Sadly, medics were unable to save them.

India worked at The Seascape Cafe at the North Sea Observatory, in Chapel St Leonards. It was closed on Tuesday as a mark of respect, but the owners posted this tribute on facebook.

It is with the heaviest of hearts and with great sadness that today we have lost one of our Seascape family. We and the team are devastated and will spend the day remembering every piece of the beautiful girl we have lost.

India - One of the most beautiful souled people we had the pleasure of knowing. The life and soul of any party. Listening to your stories and funny thoughts at work had us all in laughter for hours. A day at work with you was never a dull moment. We will miss you greatly and you will forever be in our thoughts ️.

Party hard up there princess - we love you.

All our love, comfort and thoughts are with your family.

The family of India and Daniel ask media to respect their privacy at this very difficult time.

If you have information, you can contact us in one of the following ways: - Call 101, quoting Incident 263 of 24 February; - Email force.control@lincs.pnn.police.uk, putting “Incident 263 of 24 February” in the Subject line.

– Lincolnshire Police Spokesperson