The search for a man who hasn't been heard from for a week
after going hunting in the Wanganui River area, south of
Hokitika, is continuing today.
The 35-year-old man was last heard from when he went into the
area last Tuesday to hunt for deer and tahr. He was due out
on Friday, or Saturday at the latest. The man had headed to
Hunters Hut, at the head of the Wanganui River.
Officer in charge of the search, Sergeant Sean Judd, said the
man was carrying a personal locater beacon, however it had
not been set off.
"He was reasonably well equipped we understand, with food for
Search teams currently in the field were made up of police
staff and members of Land Search and Rescue from both
Hokitika and south Westland.
Weather conditions were favourable allowing search teams to
cover areas they were not able to yesterday.
Previous search efforts included a helicopter, which flew
over the area the man was believed to have been in and was
also used to deploy a specialist white water rescue team
which kayaked the main river yesterday.
A tarpaulin identified as belonging to the missing man was
located on the banks of the Wanganui River.
The man's parents were currently travelling to Hokitika and
his name was expected to be released following further
consultation with them.
West Coast police search and rescue co-ordinator senior
constable Mike Tinnell yesterday said heavy rain in the area
last week had caused rivers to rise quickly and there was the
possibility the man was holed up because of the swollen
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ