A search for a missing Auckland man presumed drowned off a
Northland beach has been scaled back.
Alexy Ivanov, 34, was last seen entering the water off
Uretiti Beach, south of Whangarei, about 5pm last Wednesday.
Police were alerted by Department of Conservation staff when
they noticed his clothes and car were untouched.
The sonar scan was completed on Saturday.
Police have scaled down the search with a small number of
staff covering the beach area this morning, the spokeswoman
The search was part of a busy weekend for Northland police
search and rescue staff.
On Saturday police received a call about 4.30am that a yacht
had run onto rocks at North Cape.
The Auckland man, who was sailing the yacht to Houhora, had
abandoned the boat and had set off his emergency locator
The Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) Electricity
rescue helicopter was sent to the area and winched the man to
Also on Saturday, about 3.30pm, police were called to help a
drunk man who broken his ankle when he fell at the Mermaid
Pools at Matapouri.
The spokeswoman said he had been fishing with three other
men. He was winched out by the NEST helicopter.
About an hour later police were alerted to two divers, a man
and a woman, who went missing while diving at the Poor Knight
Islands. They had been diving at the Northern Arch of the
The rescue helicopter spotted the divers' survival sausage
balloons. They had been caught in a strong current and had
drifted 2km north of where they entered the water
Yesterday, about 2pm police were called after a 67-year-old
woman broke her ankle while tramping on the McKenzie
Limestone Track at Springfield, south of Whangarei, the
The woman had been tramping with a group of 11 others when
she hurt her ankle.
Police search and rescue staff carried the woman out on a
Northland Police Search and Rescue head Senior Sergeant
Clifford Metcalfe said while it was a busy weekend for staff,
many of the people who needed rescuing had gone out
The yachtie who ran aground was very well prepared with
emergency gear, including good communication equipment, and
had informed people of where he was sailing, he said.
"The divers were experienced and had rescue sausages, so we
were able to find them quickly."
Mr Metcalfe also praised the tramping group for having some
form of communication (cellphone) and being equipped with
enough gear for an emergency such as warm and wet weather
clothing and a thermal blanket.
"Having all the necessary equipment and some form of
communication not only helps us locate people easily, it also
prevents an emergency situation turning into a tragedy."