Search teams have spent a second day in the Haast River area looking for missing Canadians Connor HAYES (25yrs) and Joanna LAM (24yrs).
Today's search has been assisted by a helicopter with heat seeking equipment and also a specialist search dog on the ground.
West Coast Police Area Commander Inspector John Canning today conceded that hopes of finding the pair alive were extremely remote.
"Our effort now is a recovery operation and weather permitting we will continue searching until we have exhausted all reasonable possibility of finding these people."
Deteriorating weather in the Haast area today has limited the search, however some further debris from the wrecked vehicle had been located. The vehicle's chassis has also been recovered from the Haast River.
Inspector Canning said further searching would be dictated by the weather. The forecast indicated the weather may improve again by Sunday.