Police searchers are asking whitebaiters to keep an eye
Police are hoping a spell of bad weather will uncover the
body of Canadian tourist Connor Hayes.
Hokitika police Sergeant Russell Glue said police were
waiting for the Haast River level to rise and potentially
dislodge Mr Hayes' body, or wild seas to return his body to
Whitebaiters and tourism operators were also being asked to
keep an eye out, he said.
''Obviously down there there's whitebaiters down all sides of
the Haast River and all the other rivers as well, so there's
a lot of them around at the moment. That's helping our cause.
''There's [also] a local jet boat company that runs a tourism
venture down there so he's also keeping an eye out on the
Haast River, and there's also all the helicopter operators as
The local Haast police constable has been coordinating the
search and was still out on a daily basis, Mr Glue said.
Mr Hayes, 25, and his girlfriend Joanna Lam, 24 were believed
to have swept off the Haast Pass road by a landslide on
A body believed to be Ms Lam's was recovered on Friday, but
there has been no sign of Mr Hayes'.
Ms Lam's body has yet to be formally identified.
Locals have also been helping to search. About 50 volunteers
fanned the river banks and beaches on Monday.
In addition to searchers on foot, other people have used jet
skis and horses.