A sailor reported missing in the Marlborough Sounds area has been found safe.

Peter Gascoigne, 52, was reported missing after failing to meet a friend in Blackwood Bay on December 31.

Police said Gascoigne was believed to be in his blue and white yacht, a 7m Southerlee, and was a competent sailor who was familiar with the Sounds area.

Police asked the public to help find him.

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