Police have recovered the bodies of a husband and wife from a Christchurch lake after their car ended up submerged when a driving lesson went wrong.
The bodies of a husband and wife, who drowned in a Christchurch lake when their driving lesson went wrong, have been recovered by police divers.
The man was 27-years-old and the woman 31, Superintendent Lane Todd says.
The couple's car was driven into the lake in the Westlake Reserve in Halswell on Tuesday afternoon. It ended up submerged on its roof, he said.
Police did not release the names of the couple, but media are reporting them as Avneel Ram and Sheetal Ram.
Ms Ram's brother-in-law, Hinesh Kumar, confirmed their identity to Fairfax and said they were "really friendly and kind people".
"He was trying to teach her how to drive here and instead of putting her foot on the brake, she put her foot on the accelerator and the car went into the water," he said.
Witness Jordan Fleming earlier told the media outlet he was walking his dog in the park at the time the car accelerated into the water.
"He swam down and came back up a couple of times; then it would've been about the fourth time he went down and didn't come up."
The Rams married last year after earlier moving to New Zealand from Fiji, Mr Kumar said.