Two bodies recovered in Christchurch lake after apparent driving lesson tragedy

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Two bodies have been recovered today after a car plunged into a lake in Christchurch yesterday.

An eyewitness saw a car plunge into the lake with a woman trapped inside, while a man dived in trying to save her.
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Speaking to media today Superindant Metro Commander Lane Todd say the bodies were those of a 26-year-old man and and 31-year-old woman who live "locally".

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They say the car will be taken out of the lake, in the suburb of Halswell, today.

Yesterday an eyewitness has described the traumatic scenes that took place when a car plunged into a lake, near the Christchurch suburb of Halswell yesterday, leaving a couple, thought to be a husband and wife, unaccounted for.

The witness says there was a woman in the driver's seat of a car parked on the bank of the Westlake Reserve lake with a man on the outside of the driver's seat trying to get in.

"What it looked like was the man was trying to open the door or communicate to the lady," the witness said.

Witnesses say a man tried to get a woman from the vehicle but both failed to surface.
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"I heard the accelerator go and that's when the car went down, off the bank, down the hill into the lake.

The man then reportedly followed the car, swimming into the lake, where it then sank.

"He swam down and came back up a couple of times, and it would have been about the fourth time, he went down and didn't come back up.

"So there's currently two people still in this lake."

The pair were thought to be a married couple out on a driving lesson.
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The woman in the car was being given a driving lesson by her husband when the incident according to the NZ Herald.

They also report members of the married couple's family are at the lake-side today, grieving over the potential loss of their loved ones.

Emergency services received the call at 5.45pm that a car was in the lake at Westlake Reserve.

Police are appealing for more witnesses to establish what happened.

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