3 bodies found inside car submerged in water

Posted: 10/05/12 at 5:25 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/05/12 at 10:28 pm EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (WHDH) -- The bodies of three women were discovered Friday morning inside a car that plunged into the water at a Newport, Rhode Island shipyard.

Police say the car plunged six to 10 feet off of a pier at the Newport shipyard and into the water -- possibly late Thursday or early Friday morning. The car was underwater for several hours before it was discovered at 6:30 a.m.

Police say a fuel delivery man saw the car submerged in about four feet of water and called police.

"The gals were coming off of a private boat for a private party. They were in the marina, of course, and instead of coming to the stop sign, they made the right and thought that the travel lift was a road extended. Apparently it was very foggy out," said Denise Whitehurst.

“A vehicle was partially submerged in the water but it was flipped upside down,” said Capt. Fred Gonsalves, Newport, Rhode Island Police Department.

The shipyard is a privately owned marina not far from Goat Island. The marina is open 24 hours and under heavy surveillance.

“It’s mostly people who work on the yacht that are down here and there’s a restaurant around the corner where people who know about it go there. I don’t -- we’ve never parked in here. I don’t know why anyone would be parked in there,” said Lesley Carrigg

“It’s hard enough walking in there. You’re supposed to be part of a crew on a boat I’m pretty sure. If they’re friends of the crew, I’m sure they let them in for to visit or whatever,” said Rich Carrigg.

Police say the driver may have missed a right-hand turn due to fog or darkness.

Police have not released the names or ages of the women. They confirmed the vehicle has Rhode Island license plates.

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