Police divers have found the body of a Wanganui man who went
missing in the Whanganui River on Friday afternoon.
He was Shaun Robert McIvor, aged 46.
His body was found by divers about 1.30pm on Saturday and
Whanganui Police said his death had been referred to the
Mr McIvor was swimming with friends at Mosquito Point, about
5km upstream from the city when he went missing on Friday
Sergeant Colin Wright said Mr McIvor was intending to swim
across the river to the opposite bank and jump off a nearby
"Family and friends saw him swim toward the opposite bank but
then lost sight of him," Mr Wright said.
Friends swam across the river shortly after but could not
Whanganui Coast Guard launched its rescue boat and carried
out a shoreline and river search, while a helicopter was also
used for an aerial sweep of the area. Police staff carried
out searches of the river banks on both sides.
The search was called off late on Friday but resumed on
Saturday when the Police Dive Squad was called in.
- Wanganui Chronicle