Body found in West Coast river

  • 29/12/2017
The body of a 44-year-old man from Hannah's Clearing was found in the river on Friday, about 1km downstream from the vehicle.
The body of a 44-year-old man from Hannah's Clearing was found in the river on Friday, about 1km downstream from the vehicle. Photo credit: file

A man has died after his vehicle went down a bank into the Okuru River near Haast, and emergency services were only alerted when the wreckage was found by a passing jet boater.

The car was found by the jet boater on Wednesday afternoon and a search and rescue operation started, police say.

The body of a 44-year-old man from Hannah's Clearing was found in the river on Friday, about 1km downstream from the vehicle.

The death has been referred to the coroner.

NZN