Seachers find body of 19-year-old, missing after swimming in turbulent river pool

Police this afternoon found the body of a Masterton teenager Jesse Barber, missing since he got into difficulty while swimming in the Ruamahanga River yesterday.

The body was recovered from the river and has been identified by family members.

News from NZ Police
A search continued this morning for a 19 year old Masterton man who went missing yesterday in the Ruamahanga River north of Masterton. He had been swimming in the river with a group of friends and got into difficulty in a deep turbulent pool at about 5pm.

Search activity involved the life flight trust helicopter, a jet boat, land SAR search teams, Fire Service, Ambulance, and Police. Family and friends also participated. The Police dive squad was also assisting.

River conditions at the time of his disappearance involved swift and dirty water caused by rain in the Tararua Forest Park. The river conditions have improved overnight.


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