Missing man presumed drowned

A man is missing, presumed drowned, at a lake near Bethells Beach in West Auckland.

Police say local resident Grant Robert Faulkner, 50, disappeared following an early morning swim at Lake Wainamu yesterday.

A search began after friends and family were unable to see Faulkner in the water when they returned to shore. His towel and keys were untouched and police said there were no signs he had returned to the car the group had arrived in.

The search and rescue team searched the area around the lake yesterday with no success.

 A dive squad is at the lake today and police have asked the public to stay away while their search progresses. It may take several days and the squad may need to use sonar, a police spokesman said.

There is a cordon around the lake area on Tasman View Rd.

Auckland Now