UK vet, 29, drowned in trapped car with her two dogs while on the phone to 999

A young vet and her two dogs drowned as her car 'sunk' on the way to celebrate a pal's birthday.

Heike Mojay-Sinclare's desperate call to the emergency services cut out after telling the handler that water had risen to her chest on December 8 2018.

The 29-year-old was crossing a ford at Doles Lane, Derbyshire when her vehicle "dropped into a hole" and became stuck, an inquest heard.

Not knowing her exact location, firefighters urgently checked three fords in the Ashbourne area but could not see Mrs Mojay-Sinclare's black Honda Civic in any of them, The Mirror reports.

The tragic vet was driving to a country cottage to meet friends for a 30th birthday weekend when she died behind the wheel alongside her beloved pets.

Derby Coroner's Court heard on Thursday that she was submerged to her chest within minutes and told a 999 call operator "I am sinking".

A pathologist found Mrs Mojay-Sinclare's cause of death to be drowning.

She had called emergency services when she couldn't get out of her black Honda Civic in a rural lane in Findern, Derbyshire, in December 2018.

After working out which ford she must be in, a fire station manager who attended the scene said they "decided to commit crews into the water", where the conditions were described as "fast flowing".

The station manager told the hearing: "Crews were up to their shoulders in water and with wading poles searched from bank right to bank left and did not pick up anything."

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Police and fire teams searched for hours and, the following morning – when the river level had dropped by approximately half a metre – one member of a water rescue team felt a car underfoot.

The inquest heard how "the car had dropped into a hole" and was found in a "deeper part" of the water.

The station manager added: "The poles would have missed the roof as it had dropped below the river bottom it was traversing."

The court heard how police, residents and the parish council had said a number of others had become stuck at the ford in the past.

The road where Mrs Mojay-Sinclare died is now closed, and the only people who have access are those who own land on the lane, BBC News reports.

Paying tribute, the woman's husband said in a statement: "Her presence felt like a warm glow in our lives and although she is no longer with us, she remains an inspiration for many of us today."

The inquest is due to conclude on Friday.

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