Coroner rules on Clutha River drowning

01:04, Nov 20 2012

A coroner has found Michael John Dippie, 56, of Balclutha, drowned in the Clutha River in October last year.

Otago-Southland coroner Davie Crerar in his formal findings says Mr Dippie died on or about October 29 or 30, and being adversly affected by alcohol, he entered the river either accidentally or deliberately, and his body was swept away in a strong current.

His body was later found partially submerged in the river between Balclutha and Kaitangata on November 16.

Mr Dippie was reported missing on October 30 when he did not turn up for work.

A police officer stopped Mr Dippie in Elizabeth St, Balclutha, at 8.54pm on October 29 and an evidential breath test was taken.

The officer confimed that he took Mr Dippie home.

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