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Clutha River search Sat 19th January

Clutha River search Sat 19th January

The Search and Rescue  Operation  for missing teenager Blake Sinclair continued today involving  100 volunteers.

Mr Sinclair went missing on Saturday 12th January following a boating accident.

Previous searches this week have  been difficult due to  high river levels which were reduced today by Contact Energy.

A body  was located at about 930 am by searchers  which is believed to be that of  Blake  Sinclair.

The body was located in  willows on an   island  which is above the Balclutha bridge approximately 14 kilometres from where Mr Sinclair was last seen.

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   the Clydevale community   and  wider community .

The case will be referred to the Coroner.

ENDS

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