A jacket belonging to a holidaymaker who fell from a boat in
Marlborough Sounds early yesterday has been found by
The man has been named by police this afternoon as Craig
Alfred Partridge, 45, of Marlborough. His family has asked
"We have interviewed all parties involved and we're just
looking to find him now. The water temperature is certainly
very cold,'' a police spokeswoman said today.
The police maritime unit on board the Lady Elizabeth IV
launch recovered Mr Partridge's jacket today while searching
in the Endeavour Inlet area, near the entrance of Queen
The Navy, with its more powerful sonar equipment, is expected
to arrive later today or tomorrow morning.
Mr Partridge had been at Furneaux Lodge on Monday night
playing pool and "having a few beers'' with his daughter and
Bar staff say the trio were going to stay the night on their
14-metre launch tied to the jetty.
It appeared they then decided to leave the lodge, and were
motoring through Endeavour Inlet, probably bound for the
man's bach at Marine Heads, near Ships Cove, when the father
fell in about 2am.
He was not wearing a lifejacket, police say.
His daughter and her boyfriend raised the alarm and a search
Furneaux Lodge owner Geoff Faulkner, who was staying in
Nelson, said yesterday that the man - who was not a regular -
had been staying at his bach in the Sounds when the three of
them boated to Furneaux to "play pool and have a few beers''.
"It was just a quiet Monday night. I've spoken to the bar
manager. Nothing untoward happened in the night,'' he said.
Asked if alcohol could have been a factor, Mr Faulkner said:
"We don't believe they had that many. The barman who walked
them down to the boat didn't think they were drunk.
"It just looks like an awful tragedy, after deciding to take
the boat out. It's a horrible, terrible thing.''