The woman was turning her car around in the southern Swedish town when she drove off the road into the water and sunk.
Her boyfriend, who was outside the car, jumped in after her, was unable to find the car in the dark water. Even the rescue workers had a difficult time finding the vehicle. They tracked the vehicle using air bubbles escaping from the car.
Rescue workers pulled the woman from the water nearly 30 minutes after the accident.
“The man stood alongside and jumped after her to try and save her, but the woman died in the ambulance on the way to University hospital in Lund,” said Lars Lindwall, a police spokesman.
Police called in the nearest diving rescue team, which is based in Helsingborg. The first divers arrived after twenty minutes, and were able to pull the woman out the water within three minutes. By this point the woman was already dead.
Aftonbladet reports that the couple lived in Landskrona. The man is a bus driver in Copenhagen, and the woman was seeking asylum in Denmark.
According to other newspapers, the woman did not have a driver’s license, and was turning the car around while the man smoked a cigarette.