The search for a 21-year-old Hamilton man, last seen in the Waikato River, will continue this morning.

Hazael Mailata was with a friend on the bank of the river when Mailata went for a swim shortly before 3am yesterday.

He was last seen in the darkness in the river and has not contacted family or friends since. Photo / Belinda Feek
He was last seen in the darkness in the river and has not contacted family or friends since. Photo / Belinda Feek

He was last seen in the darkness in the river and has not contacted family or friends since.

Police have searched the banks of the Waikato River and a police spokeswoman said divers will be searching the river from 8am today.

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Police are also in contact with friends and family in case Mailata contacts them.

The Police National Dive Squad also searched the river overnight.