A full scale search has been underway at Cooks Beach on the
Coromandel Peninsula for a man thought to have fallen or
jumped from Shakespeare Cliff into the sea below.
Northern communications police Inspector Matt Sillars said
police search and rescue had combed the area together with
the Coastguard, Westpac rescue helicopter and firefighters
for the man, after a person reported seeing him go over the
high cliff into the water.
Mr Sillars said the person had been watching with binoculars
from a beach when the incident happened at 12.30pm today.
The coastguard found a plastic bag in the water but so far
there were no other signs of a person.
Mr Sillars said they could not prove or disprove the sighting
and police remained in the area, but fire, ambulance and the
coastguard were being called off.
Shakespeare Cliff is used as a tourist lookout over Mercury
- By Natalie Akoorie