Woman still alive following plunge into Waikato River at Cambridge
The woman reported as dead earlier today following an incident in Cambridge is alive but in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital.
The car carrying a trailer went off the road and into the river at approximately 12:25pm.
Initial information received at the time was that she had died at the scene.
However, after significant medical intervention, including approximately one hour of CPR, she has regained a pulse said a police spokesperson.
She was taken to hospital and, as of 4:50pm, remains in intensive care in a critical condition.
The other patient remains in a moderate condition.
It appears the car towing a trailer was north-bound at the time and veered into the river just by the roundabout at the intersection of Shakespeare and SH1.
A witness at the scene said there was no sign of a car or trailer in the fast-moving water. She said four police cars, three ambulances and a fire engine were all at the scene.
She said CPR had been performed on a person on the riverbank from not long after the accident happened until 1.30, when rescue personnel were seen to carry a sheet-covered stretcher up to a waiting ambulance.
Fire Service shift manager Colin Underdown said there was conjecture about how the car ended up in the river, but it was thought it missed the roundabout.
Bystanders reported seeing two people in the water shortly after, he said.