At 3.30 am on Wednesday, a Seat León model Ertzaintza patrol car has rushed into the Urumea river as it passes through the center of Donostia from a bridge at the height of the María Cristina hotel for reasons that are unknown, according to explained the Department of Security. One of the two occupants of the vehicle – the co-pilot, a young agent from the 28th class of the Arkaute academy – has managed to get afloat and has been hospitalized after the accident with water in his lungs and hypothermia.
The driver, on the other hand, was still trapped hours after the event. A tracking operation with members of the Red Cross and the Basque Police itself has been activated even before dawn to locate him, but when they have located the car they have only been able to certify his death. He was in his 50s and entered the corps in class 19 in 2004. With the first light of day, the rescue team found the vehicle underwater. It has been removed with a heavy duty crane.
In the absence of hypothesis of what happened, Security has described the events as a “fatal accident.” From the first hour, the Security Councilor, Josu Erkoreka, and the Department’s ‘number two’, Josu Zubiaga, have traveled to the scene of the events to coordinate the investigation and search work live.