At around 03:00 a car plunged into the River Tawe near New Cut Road (Swansea). Emergency services attended to find the car was fully submerged and it is believed that 2 bodies were recovered.
Statement from Detective Inspector Sharon Gill-Lewis: “South Wales Police was called around 3.05am this morning, Christmas Day, following reports that a car had gone into the River Tawe at New Cut Road, Swansea. Emergency services attended and a car was found fully submerged in the river. The bodies of a woman and man were located in the river nearby. Their next of kin are being informed and inquiries are continuing to ascertain the full circumstances behind the incident. The incident is ongoing at the scene and no further detail is available at this time.”
The police are appealing for any cctv / dashcam footage or witnesses to contact them. Incident number: 2200429694.
Tragically, 2 deaths occurred. Rachel Curtis, 36 and Jay Kyle Jenkins, also 36, both from Swansea. A black Mini Cooper was found submerged with the bodies of both Rachel and Jay nearby.
“Rachel will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her, especially her 14-year-old son,” her family said.
In a tribute, the family of Mr Jenkins – an electrician – described him as “our beautiful, kind boy. Jay was a kind, genuine soul who was always helping other people. The local community are devastated.”
Ms Curtis and Mr Jenkins had been friends since school, the tribute added.
South Wales Police appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident, or has CCTV or dash cam footage, to contact them quoting occurrence number 2200429694.
Anyone who may have seen or spoken to Ms Curtis or Mr Jenkins before the incident is also asked to come forward.
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