Otaki search suspended today for missing boatie

Sergeant Bill Nicholson was coordinating the search this morning from Te Horo Beach. Photo/Melissa Nightingale
Sergeant Bill Nicholson was coordinating the search this morning from Te Horo Beach. Photo/Melissa Nightingale

The search for a missing boatie on the Kapiti Coast has been suspended.

An air and water search was being conducted from Waikawa Beach to Paraparaumu after a small inflatable boat capsized in the Otaki River mouth yesterday. One body was found yesterday and searchers were still looking for a Caucasian man in his 30s.

"There will be a limited on-going search of the shoreline continuing at low tide for the next few days, with the use of 4WDs," said Acting Area Commander Inspector Dave White.

"Police are providing ongoing support to the family of the local man found yesterday afternoon.

"We are in close contact with the family of the second man, who we believe is still in the water.

"Police would like to thank Surf Lifesaving, the Coastguard and all search and rescue workers for their ongoing efforts with this search."

Sergeant Bill Nicholson was co-ordinating the search this morning from Te Horo Beach.

He said neither man was wearing a life jacket when they went out on Monday on a "pumping" river.

- NZ Herald

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