Car plunge sparks river search

03:46, Jul 31 2014
whanganui river rescue
CAR PLUNGE: The driver of a car was injured when it veered off the road and into the Whanganui River.

Police are trying to work out how a man whose car plunged into a river near Taumarunui got clear of the submerged vehicle to be sure no one else is still missing.

 The 32-year-old Taumarunui man was understood to have been traveling along Hikumutu-Marsack in Taumarunui road when his car left the road and plunged into the Whanganui River.

By the time rescue services were on the scene, the man was out of the fully submerged vehicle. He had been spotted on the riverbank by a member of the public. 

Senior Sergeant Scott Ivimey said it was unclear why the car left the road and they were now investigating. 

The man was found cold and unresponsive with a gash on his head and was in no state to tell police what had happened. 

Ivimey said police were grateful a DoC boat and the Waikato King Country Westpac rescue helicopter were available to scour the area to see if anyone else had been in the car.  

The injured man was transported to Taumarunui Hospitalbefore being flown to Waikato Hospital for further evaluation and treatment. 


Waikato Times