Contact Energy will assist with the search for missing Clutha
Valley teenager Blake Sinclair by reducing water discharged
from the Roxburgh Dam into the Clutha.
Mr Sinclair (18) fell into the river while kneeboarding near
the Waitahuna River confluence last Saturday. Senior Sergeant
Richard Whitmore, of Balclutha, said Contact Energy was
reducing the river's flow to aid search efforts. Police will
deploy LandSAR crews and boat teams to search from the river
mouth upstream to the Waitahuna confluence.
Mr Sinclair's family was continuing their search, assisted by
family and friends.
Last night the dam discharge was progressively reduced from
around 1100cumecs to 700cumecs. Once the lake was full,
expected to be around noon today, the discharge would be
brought back up to a flow of about 1000cumecs. Police said
people on or near the Clutha River downstream of the Roxburgh
Dam should be aware of the reducing flow from last night and
the increasing flow from this afternoon.