Search and res­cue af­ter po­lice chase

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Searchers con­tin­ued to comb the east­ern fringes of Ton­gariro Na­tional Park yes­ter­day af­ter two fugi­tives go them­selves lost.

By yes­ter­day morn­ing search teams had found cloth­ing and an area where a fire had re­cently been lit, but still no sign of the two. The pair had ear­lier led po­lice on a chase be­fore be­com­ing lost in the bush.

Five search teams, in­clud­ing two search and res­cue dogs, have been search­ing the Ton­gariro Na­tional Park, since Sun­day.

The men are be­lieved to be miss­ing at the far east­ern edge of the Ton­gariro Na­tional Park.

Bay of Plenty Op­er­a­tions Man­ager In­spec­tor Kevin Tay­lor said the search

area is in very dense bush which is very hard to push through.

The two men, aged in their 20s, are thought to be the same two who fled po­lice in a stolen car on Satur­day. Po­lice at­tempted to stop the car at 3pm, be­fore the driver fled at speed north on the Desert Road.

The car was even­tu­ally aban­doned on a track off Tree Trunk Gorge Rd, off the Desert Road. The driver and pas­sen­ger ran off into the bush.

‘‘The longer these young men are out there ill-pre­pared in a bush en­vi­ron­ment with ad­verse weather con­di­tions the less likely it is there will be a suc­cess­ful out­come.’’


Two men who ran from the po­lice now need their help af­ter be­com­ing lost in the bush.

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