Fleeing man found at Mataranka

ESCAPE ROUTE: The Katherine River has been a popular escape route over the past week.
ESCAPE ROUTE: The Katherine River has been a popular escape route over the past week.

Northern Territory Police have located the man who escaped custody by jumping into the Katherine River last week.

He was found in Mataranka.

The 27-year-old man jumped into the river last Tuesday while on the run from the cops in the Binjari area, just south-west of Katherine.

At the time, Acting Superintendent David Hamlyn said police were investigating reports the man was assisted by friends .

A search and rescue mission began after police lost sight of him in the river due to the amount of foliage in and around the riverbank. 

Only recently a Binjari council worker spotted a saltwater crocodile near where the man entered the water. 

Police said the man was located safe and well by officers in Mataranka yesterday.

He has been conveyed back to Katherine.

Police would like to thank members of the public for their assistance.

And on Sunday morning, police searched for a woman who was last seen in the Katherine River.

The 38-year-old female ran into the Katherine River on Sunday when she sighted police officers after they responded to an incident around 11 this morning.

Katherine officers negotiated with the female in an attempt to get her to exit the river however she refused.

The female was sighted travelling downstream before police lost sight of her.

She was later found safe and well.

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