Update – Search for swimmer, Maruia Falls
Nelson Bays Area Commander Inspector Matt Scoles
The search for the missing swimmer at Maruia Falls has finished for the day.
The Police National Dive Squad
completed a thorough search of the area today
including the falls, the pool of water between the falls and the rivers edge
and the river itself.
Unfortunately, staff were not able to locate the swimmer.
The search will
continue tomorrow but it is likely to be scaled back in
of the number of personnel.
These were extremely
challenging winter conditions for dive squad staff
other search personnel, including the Nelson Bays Search and Rescue staff,
local Nelson surf life saving crews and local river experts, to work in.
We’d like to
thank all of the people who have assisted in and who
continue to assist in the search.
Our staff are
constantly reassessing the information and the conditions
help determine the next phases of the search operation.
As the public can appreciate this is a very
hard time for the family and we
are doing all we can to support them.
We remain in regular contact with the them
and are providing all necessary
Our deepest sympathies are with them during this tragic time.