Car with Thai bodies pulled from California river

  • WRITER: AP

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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