Emergency personnel descended on Roanoke Landing Wednesday night in a massive search and rescue effort launched after a vehicle was found submerged in the water.

(Updated — Oct. 4, 5 a.m.) A 21-year-old man died after driving his vehicle into the Long Island Sound off Roanoke Avenue Wednesday night, Riverhead Police said.

Police said witnesses reported that the vehicle drove down the beach access ramp at a high rate of speed, continued across the beach and entered the water just before 7:30 p.m.

Arriving officers found a Honda SUV fully submerged in the water about 100 feet offshore with the driver still inside, police said in a press release early this morning.

Two civilians who witnessed the accident entered the water and attempted to get the driver out. Arriving police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel also entered the water, police said. They were eventually able to get the driver out of the vehicle and bring him ashore, unresponsive and not breathing.

Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps EMS workers started resuscitation efforts and rushed the man to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:09 p.m., police said.

The identification of the man is being held pending notification of next of kin, police said.

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Riverhead Police and local emergency services launched a massive search and rescue effort at the scene of a submerged vehicle off the coast of Roanoke Landing Wednesday night.

Riverhead Police found a Honda sedan fully submerged in the water of the LI. Sound when they responded to a 911 call at about 7:30 p.m.

The Riverhead Fire Department, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, and Suffolk County Police aviation were among the agencies responding to assist with the search and rescue effort.

One unconscious person was pulled from the water and rushed by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Peconic Bay Medical Center with CPR in progress, according to radio reports.

Police and fire department personnel were working to determine whether other people were in the vehicle when it became submerged. Police and fire department boats were launched to search the water in the area of the vehicle, looking for other potential victims. 

The area of a massive search and rescue effort Wednesday night off Roanoke Landing in Riverhead Town. Image: Google Maps

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