A woman is dead after a family gathering turned to tragedy in
the Bay of Islands.
The woman's body was found at dawn today, floating in the sea
near the base of a steep cliff on Moturua Island.
The woman, aged in her sixties and believed to be from the
US, was last seen yesterday as she headed off to walk a
section of the track that spans the Department of
Conservation island reserve.
An extensive search of the island, shore and surrounding
waters was started by her family and other nearby boaties
after she had failed to return at 5pm.
An official Search and Rescue operation was mounted soon
- Northern Advocate