Driver found safe and well; no plans to recover car

The driver of a car thought to have gone into the Clutha River near the Roxburgh Dam has been found safe and well.

However, earlier reports that the car had been located were incorrect.

Police had called for information from the public after reports of the car going into the river earlier this week.

Police by a closed section of Tamblyn Dr in the Roxburgh Hydro Village conduct a search for a...
Police by a closed section of Tamblyn Dr in the Roxburgh Hydro Village conduct a search for a vehicle believed to be submerged in the Clutha River. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

Police were alerted mid-afternoon on Tuesday by a woman walking on a now private section of Tamblyn Dr in Lake Roxburgh Village after she discovered signs a vehicle had crashed through a fence at the end of the about 700m track, past willow trees and into the river - a drop of about 15m.

A police search began in earnest on Tuesday evening and a larger police presence was at the scene yesterday.

Police earlier this afternoon said that information received from the public had helped them locate the driver, who was safe and well. They also said the vehicle had been located.  

In an update this evening police said the vehicle had not been located, and apologised for any confusion.

"While police have not sighted the vehicle, we have information to suggest the vehicle is in the river.

"At this time there are no plans to recover the vehicle."

jared.morgan@odt.co.nz

 

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