4 November 2022

Body found during search for men missing in floodwaters

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Police have recovered a body from floodwaters near Boorowa. Photo: File.

A body has been found by police involved in the search for two men reported missing in floodwaters on the Southern Tablelands.

About 11:15 pm Monday (31 October 2022), emergency services were called to Rugby Road, Bevendale, after a utility with four men on board was swept off a causeway.

Officers from The Hume Police District were told two men were in the cabin and two in the rear tray when the ute was driven onto a flooded causeway at Prestons Creek, 50 km east of Boorowa.

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The men in the cabin freed themselves and swam to safety, however the vehicle and the other two men were swept downstream.

Emergency services were alerted and a widespread search began.

The multi-agency search – involving local police, police divers, Police Rescue, PolAIR and the State Emergency Service (SES) – continued all week and, about 2 pm, Thursday 3 November, the body of a man was located by police divers.

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The body is yet to be formally identified, and the search is continuing for the second man.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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