Car found in swollen river search for man as flood risk remains high in places

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A 39-year-old woman has died and the search for a missing pensioner has been called off as parts of the UK faced further disruption caused by heavy rain and strong winds.

Russell Sherwood, 69, of Neath, South Wales, went missing on Monday and on Tuesday evening police found a vehicle in the swollen River Ogmore which is believed to be his.

Officers have been unable to search the vehicle, which is upside down, because of the "treacherous" conditions, a South Wales Police spokesman said.

A force statement added: "Due to the location of the vehicle, the continuing treacherous conditions and the fading light, the search has been stood down for the evening."

They added: "A police presence will remain at the scene throughout the night. A recovery operation will begin at first light tomorrow. Mr Sherwood's family have been kept fully informed of the developments and are being supported by specially trained officers."

Russell Sherwood
(South Wales Police/PA)

In Kent, a 39-year-old woman died "despite efforts from emergency services to save her", a Kent police spokesman said.

She was spotted by a helicopter crew in the sea at Folkestone but the many rocks in the area and the lashing waves meant a lifeboat crew could not get close to her.

Robert Bendhiaf, of the Dover RNLI lifeboat, who described the conditions as "pretty bad", said: "This is a tragic outcome and we are all very sad that she did not survive.

"As with many of our launches, we do not yet know the reasons why this woman was in the sea, but needless to say it is an awful outcome and the crews thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young lady."