A young man who's body was recovered from a South Island river yesterday has been identified by police.

Jade Rangi Cooper, 24, of Riverton, reportedly jumped from the Riverton Bridge on Saturday night.

His body was recovered from the river yesterday.

"Jade's family continue to thank all those who helped with the search, including the Coastguard, Fire Service, Land SAR [search and rescue], and members of the public," police said in a statement.


The Riverton Bridge is around 30km from Invercargill and the body of water feeds into the Foveaux Strait.