SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Salvage crews Saturday recovered a minivan with a body inside that sank in San Francisco Bay on Friday evening.

The van drove into the water from the Marina Green at about 5 p.m., police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Police arrived to find the vehicle partially submerged in the water and civilians on a boat trying to save the people inside.

There were multiple occupants in the car and all but one managed to get out and reach safety, U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Corrine Gaines said.

The rescue efforts continued, but the car sank with the person still inside. Dive teams searched the water for the vehicle for several hours before the operation was suspended after sunset, Shyy said.

The salvage operation continued Saturday morning at about 8 a.m.

Authorities confirmed that the victim’s body was recovered when the vehicle was pulled out of about 25 feet of water.

The San Francisco medical examiner’s office was working to identify the victim.

Police have not determined why the vehicle plunged into the water.

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