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Search for swimmer to resume

9/1/12 9.15pm

Search for swimmer to resume tomorrow

A search for a missing swimmer in Taupo will resume again tomorrow.

Police, the Harbourmaster and the Coastguard continued to search the Waikato River until light faded.

The Police National Dive Team have been contacted and are expected to join the search in the morning.

No further information will be available this evening.

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Earlier

Search underway for missing swimmer

Police are urging everyone to take extra care around water as another rescue gets underway for a missing swimmer.

At approximately 6.15pm today police were notified of a man missing near the Full James Rapids downstream of the Aratiatia Dam on the Waikato River in Taupo.

The man believed to be an Australian tourist in his 20s was staying in the area with a group of people. He went for a swim and then started calling for help. A female companion ran to the riverbank but the man disappeared from view.

A Rapids Jet boat is currently searching the waterway with Police and Coastguard personnel on board, The Taupo Harbourmaster is utilising a jet ski and Taupo Coastguard are also using a Mighty River Power rigid inflatable.

ENDS

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