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Dive squad due to arrive in Queenstown to search for tourist

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 13/01/2018
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The police dive squad is expected to arrive in Queenstown today, four days after an American tourist went missing in Lake Wakatipu when a skydive went wrong.

Tyler Nii, 27, from California has not been seen since Wednesday, when he and his tandem-skydiving instructor crashed into the lake.

The instructor was rescued from the water 20 minutes later, with only minor bruises.

The police have previously said recovering the body of Mr Nii, who is presumed dead, would be complex because the water where he fell is 250 metres deep.

A spokesperson said the dive squad will look at using sonar technology to locate the body.

It is not clear whether the recovery operation will begin today if that is deemed viable.

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