A teenager who apparently hid under central Auckland wharves
for 13 hours yesterday - while divers combed the waters
looking for him - was found safe but shivering last night.
Police said the 18-year-old was seen removing his shoes and
shirt before jumping into the water on the eastern side of
Princes Wharf at 5am yesterday.
Police had received reports of the young man climbing around
the piles beneath the Hilton Hotel during the early hours of
A CityGuard security officer, who did not want to be named,
finally located him hiding under a jetty, dressed in his
underpants, in the Viaduct Basin about 6.30pm.
"I was here at 5am when I heard he had jumped into the wharf
and kept a look out. I had just started patrol tonight and
there he was," he said.
Police maritime unit senior constable Steve Phillips said the
male appeared to be on medication or suffering from a mental
"He had been hanging around the Viaduct this whole time,"
Phillips said. "He must be on something because he was not
all there. It's quite unusual."
It is understood police dive squads, including a team brought
in from Wellington, searched the wharf on three separate
Detective Ruth Niu said police held real concerns for the
young man and and were relieved the matter didn't become a
"It is frustrating. A lot of resources were spent looking for
him all day when he was just sunbathing and swimming in his
The male was assessed by ambulance at the scene and later
taken to Auckland City Hospital