12 May 2014

River being searched for men

10:21 pm on 12 May 2014

A dive squad will join the search for two men who jumped into the Waikato River while fleeing from the police.

A police spokesperson said the two men were in a stolen vehicle and were involved in a police chase near Atiamuri, 45km north of Taupo.

The men, in their 20s, abandoned the car on a forestry track and a police dog tracked them directly into the river.

They had not been seen since, despite an extensive search involving the Coastguard and a helicopter, the spokesman said.

The Waikato River.

The Waikato River. Photo: PHOTO NZ