Canadian Coast Guard divers recovered the body of a 65-year-old woman from a submerged car around 12:50 p.m. this afternoon.

Body of woman recovered from submerged vehicle

Canadian Coast Guard divers recovered the body of a 65-year-old woman from a submerged vehicle around 12:50 p.m.

The body of a 65-year-old woman was recovered from a vehicle submerged in the ocean just off of a property located on the 7700-block of West Coast Road.

Police, ambulance, Sooke Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and Canadian Coast Guard responded around 11:30 a.m., after a local resident alerted the woman’s husband that her car was in the water.

Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue divers recovered the remains from the submerged vehicle around 12:50 p.m. after a preliminary search of the area did not locate her.

Tire marks indicated the woman drove off the driveway near her waterfront property, over the rocky embankment and beach and into the ocean.

The submerged car, which was facing perpendicular to the driveway, was seen a short distance from the shoreline.

It is currently unknown what circumstances preceded the accident, but foul play is not expected and the woman was said to be in good health.

The woman was last seen at 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon, and it is currently unknown when the tragic accident occurred within the 24 hour window.

Wright said the woman’s husband was not home at the time, and was unable to reach her by phone yesterday night.

The woman was expected to appear at an engagement in Victoria yesterday night, but it is currently unconfirmed whether she appeared.

Although police would not confirm the identity of the woman, local residents at the scene stated the large property belonged to the prominent Lemire-Elmore family.

A man, reported to be the woman’s husband, was seen sitting on a bench visibly upset on the embankment as the scene unfolded.

A coroner was called to the scene.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cyclists see potential and pitfalls in Sooke infrastructure

Getting from Sooke Road to Galloping Goose Trail a challenge for bike riders

UPDATED: Bear spotted walking on sidewalk near Uptown

Urban sightings prompt warnings from Saanich Police Department

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP look for Lochside Drive robbery suspect

One man arrested with a second man on the run following May 1 robbery

Sooke Fall Fair postponed until 2021

Organizers hope to still hold some form of competitions

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Murder charge upgraded in George Floyd case, 3 other cops charged

Floyd’s family and protesters have repeatedly called for criminal charges against all four officers

As two B.C. offices see outbreaks, Dr. Henry warns tests don’t replace other measures

Physical distancing, PPE and sanitizing remain key to reduce COVID-19 spread

Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate target on hold at 0.25%

Central bank now expects GDP to decline between 10 and 20 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2019

Friendly Cove and Kyuquot will remain closed until further notice

Transition of other B.C. communities will be monitored before a decision to ease restrictions

Racist incident shocks Vancouver Island First Nation

Port Alberni RCMP investigating after video shows truck wheeling through Tseshaht territory

Gold River organizes a shop local initiative to creatively boost economy

Local purchases can earn shoppers $200 gift certificates to be spent on businesses within Gold River

Young killer whale untangles itself from trap line off Nanaimo shore

DFO marine mammal rescue unit was en route as whale broke free from prawn trap line

Most Read