Divers may join search

POLICE divers may join the search for a missing New Norfolk youth tomorrow morning. A Year 12 student has been missing since about 2am on Friday, when he is believed to have dived into the River Derwent from the New Norfolk Bridge. Police boats and a rescue helicopter began searching at about 3.30am and continued until late in the afternoon. They were joined by the State Emergency Service and friends of the missing man.

The search resumed at first light today and was again carried out by throughout the day by police, SES and local volunteers with a number of vessels deployed to the area. Further helicopter sweeps resumed after morning fog had cleared. Despite all these efforts, the young man has not been able to be located at this stage.

River conditions hampered efforts for police divers to enter the water today. A police spokesman said the river flow was still quite strong, visibility was poor and the water temperature was about two degrees this afternoon.

The effort will resume tomorrow (Sunday) morning and an assessment of the water conditions will determine whether police divers are able to enter the water and commence further searches.

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