Man drowns in Tarawera River

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A MAN running from police has drowned in the Tarawera River.

Kawerau Sergeant Al Fenwick said the man was being pursued on foot by police yesterday when he jumped into the river and failed to resurface.

Mr Fenwick said police pulled the man from the river, near Tarawera High School, and performed CPR but the man died at the scene.

Yesterday afternoon, detectives remained at the scene and Mr Fenwick said the incident would be investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

No further information was available at the Beacon’s press time.