26 Nov 2008

Police search for Irish tourist's body in river

6:47 pm on 26 November 2008

Police are searching for the body of an Irish tourist who got into difficulty while swimming in Waikato River on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old was on holiday with five friends from Ireland and spent the afternoon at a popular swimming hole at Spa Park near Taupo.

Senior Constable Barry Shepherd says the man got caught in a swift current and disappeared about 2pm.

Mr Shepherd says bystanders tried in vain to save the man.

A search involving the Coastguard and helicopters has failed to find him and the police dive team from Wellington has been called in.