No sign of missing kneeboarder

06:08, Jan 13 2013

The search of the Clutha River for teenage kneeboarder Blake McKenzie Sinclair has proved unsuccessful but will continue tomorrow.

The 18-year-old was reported missing about 3.30pm yesterday following a kneeboarding accident on the Clutha River, in the Waitahuna confluence area.

Those at the scene were unable to find him and called emergency services.
Balclutha police Sergeant Craig Dinnissen said jet boat searches along the river today have failed to find him.

"Further searching will continue tomorrow with jet boat and field teams being deployed again,'' he said.

More than 100 volunteers have helped police search for the Clydevale man.

''Family wish to express there immense gratitude to the volunteers that are supporting the search,'' he said.

Dennissen said the search was now looking to recover Sinclair's body.

"It has moved into a recovery phase,'' he said.

The river was running extremely high and dirty, with lots of debris floating, following heavy rainfall in the past few days, Dennissen said.

Asked if the river was too dangerous for anyone to be in it at the time of the accident, he said without being there he could not comment.

"The family are doing exceptionally well given the circumstances,'' he said. "They have been helping with the search.''


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