Extra equipment required in search for US skydiver

An extra 70m of specialised sonar equipment is on its way to Queenstown to allow the search for a missing United States skydiver to continue.

A week yesterday, 27-year-old Tyler Nii, from California, plunged into Lake Wakatipu in an ill-fated tandem skydive with NZONE.

The jumpmaster was rescued alive within about 20 minutes off the shore of Jacks Point.

But Mr Nii is still missing, presumed dead.

Yesterday morning, Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, said the area was discovered to be so much deeper than anticipated the search had to be put on hold.

Initially it was thought the lake search area was 250m deep, but on inspection it was found to be 320m.

Sgt Watt said the police national dive squad was waiting for the extra sonar equipment so it could continue its search.

Police are liaising with Mr Nii's family and their arrival is imminent.

No further information was available.

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