UPDATE: Driver found after car pulled from river in Southport

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Wrecker pulls car from river in Southport on November 20, 2019 (Photo: Kate Magill)

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Southport Police have located the driver of a car that ended up in the river.

Police Chief Todd Coring said someone spotted an Oldsmobile in the river at Waterfront Park Wednesday morning.

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There’s no word on what time the crash happened, but police responded around 5:45 a.m. when some folks walking along the waterfront spotted the car in the river and called 911.

Police determined no one was in the vehicle. Police and fire crews searched and could not find the driver.

According to Police Chief Todd Coring, the driver has now been located and is ok.



A recovery company from Oak Island used a wrecker and crane the lift the car over the seawall.

Police are waiting on footage from nearby cameras to see if they captured the crash.

Chief Coring said this is the third crash in that location in the past year.

When asked about the frequency of crashes along Waterfront Park, Coring said he’s volunteered with the Southport Fire Department for the past 28 years and can recall between eight and ten crashes at this location.

Coring said some people have brought up the idea of a guardrail, but some of the crashes have been high speed wrecks, which could bring into question the effectiveness of a guardrail.

“If high speed? A guardrail could cause a vehicle to overturn,” Coring said, but it’s something they will look at.

“Thankfully they haven’t had any terrible injuries,” Coring said, when talking about recent crashes.

If you witnessed the crash or know anything, call the Southport Police Department.