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Police updates – Taranaki car fire victim named, river users be aware

Police updates 29 December 2022 news

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 29 December 2022.

Name release – Taranaki car fire

Police can now confirm the name of the person who died following a car fire on State Highway 3 (Mokau Road) on Monday, 26 December.

He was Kulbir Singh, 30, of Auckland.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Enquiries into the circumstances of the fire are ongoing.

Police would like to thank the public for their assistance.

River users be aware

Over the past 24-hours Taupō Police and Coastguard have responded to two swimmers in trouble on the Waikato River.

Both had got into difficulty on what is known as the ‘river float’, between Control Gates Bridge and Hipapatua Reserve (Reid’s farm), which is situated just before Huka Falls.

These people were attempting to float down the river on floatation devices designed and sold for use in pools.

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‘We are very fortunate the outcome didn’t end in tragedy on both occasions,’ said Senior Sergeant Andy Livingstone.

Currently the river is at a very high-level and flowing very quickly.

Swimmers and those floating down the river are getting caught by the current and in one particular area being pushed into a large pine tree which has fallen into the river.

Police and Coastguard have retrieved five different floatation devices from this tree.

Police are advising not to participate in the river float at this time, due to the swift current.

It is not the same as other years.

Rivers are changeable and unpredictable and can contain hidden dangers.

Water can change in depth each summer and currents can move objects underwater.

Police want everyone to come home to their family after a day enjoying the water.

‘Whether diving, swimming or boating, it is vital that you avoid alcohol and wear a life jacket.

‘Police also recommend having a phone on you in a dry bag.’

Check out the Water Safety Code for more information on how to stay safe this summer.

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