Divers to search Waikato River for missing tourist

Divers will this morning search for a swimmer, believed to be an Australian tourist, who was reported missing yesterday afternoon.

The Police National Dive Team will join the search today for the man who disappeared during a swim in the Waikato River near Taupo.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was swimming near the Full James Rapids downstream of the Aratiatia Dam when he called for help, police said.

A woman who was with him ran to the riverbank but the man had disappeared from view.

Police were notified about 6.15pm.

Police, the harbourmaster and Coastguard were to resume the search at first light today.

 

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