A search is under way near Tanners Point in the Bay of Plenty after a man reportedly fell from a boat yesterday afternoon.

Police, Coastguard and a rescue helicopter are assisting in the search for the man who had been the sole occupant of a dinghy.

Police search co-ordinator Sergeant Vince Ranger said the search began yesterday with an aerial sweep by the Eagle helicopter and a harbour search by the Coastguard.

More to come.