Two bodies recovered from car in lake - eyewitness

The police dive squad have this morning begun their search for occupants of a car that crashed...
The police dive squad have this morning begun their search for occupants of a car that crashed into Lake Rotoma yesterday. Photo: Andrew Warner/ NZ Herald
Two bodies have been recovered from a car that plunged into a lake near Rotorua yesterday, according to an eyewitness.

Police have still not revealed how many people were in the car when it crashed into Lake Rotomā, or made any official statement about their condition.

The car has been winched to the surface of the lake, after being submerged in water for almost 24 hours.

A Sunlive photographer at the scene this morning said he had seen two bodies recovered, and a hearse waiting nearby.

He said the car appeared to be a station wagon.

The car crashed off State Highway 30 into Lake Rotomā - 38km east of Rotorua - at 12.30pm yesterday.

Emergency services unsuccessfully tried to lift it from the water, before it was recovered with the help of the police dive team.

The lake has a maximum depth of 73m at the southern end, where the highway skirts it.

It is reported to be the cleanest of Rotorua's lakes, with items visible underwater to a depth of 11m.

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter