Critical incident investigation at Taree

A critical incident investigation has been launched as a search continues for a man last seen in the State’s north.

Officers attached to Manning Great Lakes Police District stopped a red sedan on Commerce Street, Taree, about 3am today (Saturday 22 January 2022).

As police spoke with the three occupants, a back-seat passenger ran from the vehicle and was seen entering the Manning River.

Police followed and – when the man was seen in difficulties in the water – officers entered the river attempting to assist, but lost sight of the man.

A search was launched involving local police assisted by members from the State Emergency Service (SES), Marine Rescue NSW, and has now been joined by Marine Area Command.

At this time the man has not been located, and the land and water search continues.

A critical incident team from Mid North Coast Police District will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be overseen by the Professional Standards Command.

No further details are available at this time; however, police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone who can assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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