Man Drowns Below Owharoa Falls

Posted by Gold FM on 08/04/2012

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A 27 year old man drowned after he became trapped below the Owharoa Falls, in the Karangahake Gorge this afternoon.

The man was swimming with friends below the falls when he became trapped underwater by the current. His companions tried to rescue the man but were unable to get him free.

A police highway patrol officer who arrived on the scene minutes after the accident managed to free the trapped 27 year old with the help of one of the group.

Attempts to resuscitate the man were unsuccessful.