17 Jun 2019

Lake search to continue weeks after body washed up

7:19 pm on 17 June 2019

Police will continue searching Lake Hauroko in Southland after two people on a boat went missing last month, and a body washed up a day later.

Reflection of snowy mountains in Lake Hauroko in the Southern Scenic Route, New Zealand

Photo: 123RF

A Christchurch couple in their 60s was thought to have headed on a camping trip half way around the lake on 26 May.

The boat was reported missing with two people on board on Lake Hauroko on 31 May, and a woman's body was found the next day with items from the boat including camping items and food.

The search was suspended this month due to unfavourable weather and lake conditions.

Sergeant Ian Martin said six members of the police national dive squad and four members of Invercargill Search and Rescue would resume searching the southern end of the lake tomorrow morning.