Search teams hunt for missing man near Fox Glacier

Cover image: Christian Tommarck  - Karangarua. Photo:  Police

UPDATE (4.25pm Saturday 20 May, 2017):

Five search teams have been in the Karangarua Valley, near Fox Glacier, today continuing the search for missing Swedish national, Hans Christian Tommarck.

They have been focusing on the upper reaches of Regina Creek this afternoon, in vastly improved weather conditions on yesterday.

Sergeant Mathew Tailby from West Coast Police Search and Rescue said in a statement that based on inquiries made, searchers have been able to confirm a positive sighting of Mr Tommarck, which has helped search teams direct their efforts.

A helicopter has assisted with an aerial search today.

Search teams have located a campsite believed to be that of the missing man, including a sleeping bag and tent.

The search is expected to wind down this evening due to the tricky terrain and the need to rotate searchers.

It is intended to resume tomorrow.


Original story (Posted: 11:39am Saturday 20 May, 2017 by Wanaka Sun)

The search for Swedish national, Hans Christian Tommarck missing in Karangarua, south of Fox Glacier is continuing today.

The 27-year-old, also known as Christian, went hunting by himself on Friday 12 May and has not been seen since.

He was due out three days ago.

Three search teams are continuing their work today in the Karangarua area and the associated valleys.

The teams remained in the area overnight staying in huts.

Joining the search today will be an alpine team, a Land SAR dog and additional Land SAR volunteers from Westport.

Christian’s family in Sweden have been notified of the search and are being kept up to date on any developments.

Police would still like to hear from anyone who has been in the Karangarua area, south of Fox Glacier, in the past week.

Anyone with any information or sightings is asked to contact Greymouth Police on 03 768 1600.

Cover image: Christian Tommarck  - Karangarua. Photo:  Police




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