Swimmers continue to risk their lives in a dangerous stretch of water below the Aratiatia Dam despite new safety barriers and warning signs put up after a young woman was swept to her death.

A complete ban on swimming in the Waikato River below the Aratiatia Dam is needed to ram home the risk and help stop another tragedy like the death of Rachael de Jong, says power company Mercury Energy which operates the dam.

In written submissions on a draft bylaw before the Waikato Regional…

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