Car with Thai bodies pulled from California river


Rescuers retrieve the bodies of two Thai students from their car in the Kings River near Fresno, California on Friday local time. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Thai Consulate-General, Los Angeles)

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA: A recovery team using a helicopter and a winch on Friday dragged a car from the middle of a dangerous California river where it had been stranded for more than a month and freed two bodies inside believed to be a pair of Thai exchange students.

The car had crashed through a guardrail and plunged 152m over a cliff in the Sierra Nevada into the Kings River below, authorities said.

After weeks of planning and waiting for the river water to calm, a helicopter lowered members of the recovery team into the gorge. They used a hand winch to drag the car close to the bank and free the two bodies, authorities said.

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