Body in Clutha thought to be missing teen

Searchers have discovered a body in the Clutha River this morning, believed to be that of missing teenager Blake Sinclair.

Senior Sergeant Richard Whitmore, of Balclutha, said the search for Mr Sinclair continued today, and involved 100 volunteers.

Mr Sinclair (18), of Clutha Valley, fell into the Clutha River while kneeboarding behind a boat last Saturday.

Snr Sgt Whitmore said previous searches this week had been difficult due to high river levels which were reduced today by Contact Energy.

A body was found at about 9.30am by searchers and was believed to be that of Blake Sinclair, he said.

The body was found in willows on an island above the Balclutha bridge about 14km from where Mr Sinclair was last seen.

Police said the identity of the body has yet to be confirmed pending forensic examination.

Mr Sinclair's family have been overwhelmed by the search effort and support from Clydevale residents and the wider South Otago community.

The case will be referred to the coroner.


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