A search will continue today for an Auckland man who went
missing after jumping into the sea to retrieve his fishing
rod in the Bay of Plenty yesterday.
The 40-year-old man disappeared after he went into the sea
from a jetty when a stingray pulled his fishing rod in at
Kauri Point, north of Katikati, about 2pm, police said.
Senior Constable Lindsay Freeman said the man and his wife
had been fishing from the end of the jetty.
"He's jumped off the wharf to retrieve his fishing rod and
reel. He's got into difficulty in the channel because it's an
outgoing tide," he said. "It was at that point when the
current really starts to pick up with the outgoing tide," he
The Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter was called to search
the area by air but was stood down after 40 minutes.
Local residents, the coastguard and surf lifesavers also
spent the afternoon searching the murky water while police
and volunteers conducted a shoreline search.
The police national dive squad arrived early yesterday
evening to help.
The search was suspended late last night and was to resume,
with police divers, at 10am today.
The apparent tragedy would be the third water related death
in the Western Bay of Plenty in as many days.
Palmerston North woman Catherine Hintz died after being found
lying at the bottom of a Tauranga motel thermal pool on New
Year's Eve. A Tauranga man died during a diving trip near
Motiti Island on January 1. He has been named as Blair