20 May 2020

Dive squad recover body from submerged van near Queenstown

7:30 pm on 20 May 2020

A body has been found inside of a van which crashed into the Kawarau River near Queenstown yesterday.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Motorists found debris on the side of State Highway 6 near the Victoria Flats Bridge about 6.40pm yesterday.

A van was later found partially submerged in the Kawarau River, about 30km from Queenstown.

Police said officers secured the vehicle by wire rope and a scene guard was in place overnight.

The van was recovered today, and a dive squad was sent to search for any occupants.

Police said they had not yet formally identified the body and were carrying out further inquiries.

The Coroner has been notified.