This morning a body discovered in Karaka Bay has been confirmed as that of the missing 19-year-old swimmer who disappeared on Thursday night.

It’s understood that two men, both 19-years-old, went swimming in what was a very flooded and swollen river and when one got out of the water, he could no longer locate his friend.

The area where they were swimming is not typically a popular spot as it is very deep, wide and the currents can be unpredictable.

The family of the deceased, who is not being named at this stage, has been informed and is requesting privacy.

Police would like to thank all of the organisations who have assisted in the search, including LandSAR, the Hutt Community Emergency Response Team and the Upper Hutt Community Rescue.

We advise to never swim in flood waters due to safety risk. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this young man.


The Hutt River on Thursday evening.

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