Lake McLaren, south West of Tauranga was the scene of a search yesterday evening around 6.00pm.
The Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called to assist Police in the search for a missing swimmer.
“The incident occurred when a rope swing snapped and a man fell into the lake. His friend jumped in to help and both men got into difficulties,” said Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter Pilot Liam Brettkelly.
One man, deceased, was recovered by Tauranga Police, but the other was unable to be found. The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called into the search area in the hope of finding the second man, but had been unsuccessful.
Further information is available from Tauranga Police.
About Philips Search and Rescue Trust
Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Tauranga’s principal sponsors, Trustpower and TECT. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.