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Police updates – Lake Wakatipu search, Twizel car crash

Police updates 15 January 2023 news

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 15 January 2023.

Update – Lake Wakatipu search

A man missing in Lake Wakatipu was yesterday located deceased by the Police National Dive Squad.

The Dive Squad recovered the man’s body at around 3pm.

The man had entered the lake on 13 January to assist another person in the water, and then failed to exit the water himself.

Police would also like to acknowledge members of the public who provided assistance to the whānau on 13 January as the incident unfolded.

The man’s death will be referred to the Coroner.

Crash – State Highway 8 (Twizel-Ōmarama Road)

Emergency services are responding to reports of a crash on State Highway 8 (Twizel-Ōmarama Road).

Initial information suggests that a car has collided with a bridge barrier and fallen into a body of water underneath.

Police were alerted to the crash at 6.50am.

One lane is closed between Lake Ōhau Road and McAughtries Road, as emergency services work to locate the car.

At this stage there is no further information available. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

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