Nfld. & Labrador

Man dead after vehicle plunges off Bonavista cliff

A man is dead after a car crash and became submerged near the Dungeon, a geological attraction outside Bonavista.

Helicopter used to retrieve man's body from submerged vehicle

Emergency crews are on the scene after a car went off a cliff near the Dungeon Provincial Park in Bonavista. (Lee Tremblett/Twitter)

A man is dead after his vehicle crashed into the ocean Tuesday at Bonavista's Dungeon Provincial Park, a geological attraction that draws visitors to see arches and a sea cave. 

"The vehicle was observed driving over a cliff and ended up completely under water with one man inside," RCMP said in a statement. 

RCMP said the man's body was recovered from the water Tuesday afternoon, although crews were still trying to retrieve the vehicle. 

A helicopter dispatched from 103 Squadron in Gander lowered search and rescue technicians into the water. 

RCMP said the Canadian Coast Guard transported the man's body to shore. 

Police said a traffic analyst was being called to the scene. 

Lee Tremblett, who lives near Bonavista and witnessed rescue efforts, said the car fell off an embankment. 

"Quite a drop down to the water here, probably close to 100 feet," said Tremblett.

RCMP said their investigation will involve the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

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With files from Stephanie Kinsella