Police are searching for the driver of a car from which a body has been pulled after it crashed into a hydroelectric canal in Canterbury early this morning.
The body of one person has been recovered by police from a car that crashed into the Rangitata Diversion Race near Methven early this morning.
Emergency services received a report of a car that went into the canal off Pudding Hill Road shortly after 1am.
Search and Rescue staff recovered the car from the water earlier today.
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The body of the passenger was located in the vehicle, police said in a statement
The driver has not been located.
The Police National Dive Squad has been deployed to continue the search for the driver today.
A formal identification process is underway to identify the deceased.
Inquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing.