Hunter missing in rain-soaked area

05:23, Jun 30 2014

Police are searching for a man who has not returned from a four-day hunting trip near Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island.

The 35-year-old Hokitika man headed into the Wanganui River catchment near Hari Hari last Tuesday on a solo hunting trip. 

He was expected back on Friday and a family member waited for him, but the man did not show up.

West Coast police search and rescue co-ordinator Constable Mike Tinnelly said the man had intended to head to Hunters Hut, at the head of the Wanganui River.

Tinnelly said there had been ''quite a lot'' of rain last week and some of the rivers were still swollen. More rain was forecast for the region this week.

The hunter was ''experienced in the outdoors'' and was well-equipped. He was carrying a personal locator beacon, had not been activated.

Police were alerted to the overdue man yesterday and began searching. Tracking dogs, kayaks and helicopters were being used.

Three teams were also walking into the areas on tracks on both sides of the river.


The Press