Source: New Zealand Police (District News)
A search and rescue operation is underway after a rafter was reported missing on the Ahaura River, inland from Greymouth, yesterday.
Police received a report just before 5:30pm that a man had fallen from a raft into the river at about noon.
Due to communication issues in the area, the alarm was unable to be raised earlier.
A search operation commenced at about 7:00am this morning involving Police, LandSAR and other volunteers.
Approximately 17 people are assisting with the search currently.
Three field teams are searching the riverbanks, a jet boat is searching the river and a helicopter is conducting an aerial search.
The Police National Dive Squad is also en route to assist with the search.