Man dies after car plunges into Essex river

A man died after being pulled from a car after it plunged into an Essex river.

Annie Davidson

A MAN has died after his car plunged into an Essex river.

Emergency services launched a major rescue operation after the car was reported to have gone into the River Crouch just before 5pm today.

The tragedy happened close to Ferry Road in Hullbridge.

Police, coastguards, fire crews and the RNLI were all involved in the rescue which began at shortly before 5pm.

The car was located 50 metres from the river's edge just before 7pm and the man was rescued some 20 minutes later.

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Essex Fire Service confirmed the man had died and said it was the second time in seven days that an incident there had resulted in a fatality.