The police national dive squad will today join the search for
a man who went missing while swimming in a Wairarapa river
Police hold grave fears for the 19-year-old Masterton man who
had been swimming in the Ruamahanga River near Opaki with a
group of friends when he disappeared in a deep, turbulent
pool around 5pm, police said.
The search for the man involved the Life Flight rescue
helicopter, a jet boat, family and friends of the man, land
Search and Rescue teams, police, ambulance and fire service
The search would continue today with the help of the police
national dive squad, police said.
The river's condition at the time of the man's disappearance
involved swift and dirty water caused by rain in the Tararua
Forest Park. Conditions had since improved, police said.
The man's name had not yet been released.