National Sea RescueNSRI Port Alfred was called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident yesterday afternoon where a vehicle had plunged off the Kariega river bridge.

Police, suspecting there were people trapped in the submerged vehicle or missing in the river, requested NSRI assistance and NSRI dispatched rescue swimmers and sea rescue craft Rescue 11 Alpha which was launched onto the river where NSRI, assisted by local spear fisherman who was in the area conducted a search.

Some of the occupants, a man, two women, a teenage girl and a toddler escaped from the submerged vehicle and were safe but taken to hospital for treatment.

Divers later recovered the bodies of an adult female, 10-year old girl and a female toddler from the wreckage of the motor vehicle.