14 Jan 2018

Queenstown skydive company reopens after accident

2:27 pm on 14 January 2018

The Queenstown based company at the centre of a tandem skydive which went wrong on Lake Wakatipu, killing a tourist, has resumed operations today.

NZONE's operations have been closed while the Civil Aviation Authority investigates the incident.

NZONE voluntarily suspended its business after the accident but its website now says it's open for bookings. Photo: Facebook: NZOne Skydive Queenstown

Tyler Nii, 27, from California, has not been seen since Wednesday and is presumed dead following the incident.

His male instructor, from the skydiving company NZONE was rescued from the water 20 minutes after the incident with only minor bruises.

NZONE voluntarily suspended business but today the company's website was open for bookings and spokesperson did not deny they were operating.

The police dive squad will begin searching the lake for Mr Nii's body tomorrow.

The police have previously said recovering the body of Mr Nii would be complex because the water where he fell is 250 metres deep.

The police are looking at using sonar technology to help locate the body.