Update – water rescue, Hokitika River
"Update – water rescue, Hokitika
Please attribute to Senior Sergeant
Police continue to search for one person
following a water incident at the Hokitika River mouth
The missing person, who is a 9-year-old
girl, was understood to be whitebaiting on the shore with
another person when they were swept into the water.
search for the girl is currently underway from the air, on
the water, and on the shoreline.
One man was earlier
pulled from the water and is receiving medical
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