A search is expected to continue this morning for a man who
went missing when his boat capsized in Bay of Plenty
Four children were found clinging to the overturned vessel
last night, but there was no sign of the 52-year-old man.
Coastguard personnel and a rescue helicopter were yesterday
searching the area near Bowentown heads, which is the
northern headland to the entrance of Tauranga harbour.
The children were taken to shore and were uninjured, police
The incident followed the drowning of a man in rough
conditions at an unpatrolled beach in the Coromandel
The man, in his 40s, died at Opito Bay, northeast of
Whitianga, about 2.45pm, the second of two beach deaths over
the Auckland Anniversary long weekend.
The incident came about 15 hours after the discovery of the
body of a Te Puke 26-year-old who had been long-line-fishing
at Otamarakau beach in the Western Bay of Plenty.