Conditions tricky in search for soldier
Tue, 02 Oct 2012 1:21p.m.
A week after Private Michael Ross fell overboard from an inflatable boat during an army training exercise, search teams are contending with snow flurries and choppy water as they try to locate his body.
Divers are scouring an area of Lake Moawhango, near Waiouru, but weather conditions are making the search difficult.
Ruapehu police area commander Steve Mastrovich says members of the navy and police dive teams are continuing to use sonar equipment in the search.
"The search area of interest has now been reduced to a 150m x 100m zone, but at depths of over 40m it is still a very hard and complex task for the divers as they try to identify possible targets," he says.
There's no thought of scaling back the search for Pte Ross at this stage, Inspector Mastrovich says.
"It's an anxious time for the family and friends of Pte Ross as the divers do everything possible to find him and return him to his loved ones."
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