Wednesday, 26 September 2012 - 9:24am |
National News

Lake search for missing soldier

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A search has resumed this morning for a New Zealand Defence Force soldier who went missing on Lake Moawhango in Waiouru early last night.

Ruapehu Area Commander Inspector Steve Mastrovich says Police and other emergency services were called to Lake Moawhango around 5:40pm last night, after a soldier in his late 20's fell overboard from an inflatable boat whilst returning from a training exercise.

"A search got underway last night, involving NZDF personnel, Police and the Square Trust Rescue Helicopter, however, the missing soldier was not located. The Police National Dive Squad was deployed to Waiouru last night and will begin searching the lake this morning."

NZDF personnel has resumed searching on the water and the shoreline this morning.

Lake Moawhango is situated within the Waiouru training area.

Inspector Mastrovich says the missing soldier’s next of kin has been informed but Police and NZDF will not be releasing the name at this point.

A further update will be provided later today.


For Police media queries, please contact Victoria Evans, Senior Media Advisor, Police Public Affairs on 0274 373 020 or Kaye Calder, Police Public Affairs on 027 241 6305

For NZDF media queries, please contact Defence Communications Group on 021 487 980