Fisherman missing at Lake Wakatipu named

Police have released the name of the Dunedin man missing in Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy.

Police said this afternoon the  Police National Dive Squad has been searching the lake area throughout the day.

Martin Suttie. Photo: ODT files
Martin Suttie. Photo: ODT files

Plans were in place for a a team of dive specialists from the HMNZS Matataua to assist with the search tomorrow.

Police confirmed the missing man is Martin Peter Suttie, 37, of Dunedin.

Mr Suttie, who had been fishing near the shore, was reported missing around 3.20pm on Sunday 12 July.

Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka, of Queenstown,  earliersaid the squad's divers would search a slightly expanded area of the lake today, and a search and rescue would scour the shoreline again.

Yesterday afternoon, dive squad members could be seen entering the lake at the mouth of the Buckler Burn, just south of the township’s edge.

A dozen emergency service officers were at the lake and police said family of the missing man were also present.  The search was suspended at 5pm.

Snr Sgt Enoka said the New Zealander, who was not a local, was reported missing about 3.20pm on Sunday.

Police, search and rescue teams and members of the national police dive squad search the Lake...
Police, search and rescue teams and members of the national police dive squad search the Lake Wakatipu shoreline yesterday afternoon. PHOTO : HUGH COLLINS

hugh.collins@odt.co.nz

 

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