A large-scale search operation is taking place in the centre of Canberra, after a man fleeing police jumped into Lake Burley Griffin overnight and could not be found

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A large-scale search operation is taking place in the centre of Canberra, after a man fleeing police jumped into Lake Burley Griffin overnight and could not be found.

Key points:

  • The man jumped into the lake about 1:15am on Monday, and police have been unable to find him
  • Divers and a rescue helicopter were deployed to search for the man
  • It is not clear whether he drowned or successfully escaped

Police had followed a car the man was in towards the lake about 1:15am. He and another woman then got our of the car and the man headed for the water.

Police gave chase but he jumped into the lake, and was last sighted by officers about 100 metres from the shore, near Kings Avenue.

The police response during the night included calling in a rescue helicopter, which was seen by residents of the Kingston Foreshore hovering over the lake about 3:00am.

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Residents of Kingston Foreshore saw a helicopter hovering over the search area.

“Visibility at that time of the morning was poor, so we also undertook a thorough search of the area that he was last seen to find more information about the incident,” Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said.

“There are several persons of interest who we have identified as connected to this incident, and will be continuing our enquiries, which includes speaking to witnesses. I expect there will be further charges laid in the future.”

Much of the police search in daylight hours has focused on the water east of Kings Avenue Bridge, and the nearby shoreline.

It is not clear whether police believe the man drowned or made good in his escape. Officers said attempts were being made to identify the man.

The woman he was with was arrested and faced the ACT Magistrates Court this morning, along with two other women police said were linked to the incident.

The trio were charged with a range of vehicle and weapons offences.

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