A search has resumed for a man who fell off a boat in
Wellington Harbour yesterday afternoon.
A police launch would be scouring the eastern part of
Wellington Harbour this morning, Senior Constable Craig
Pickering of the Wellington Maritime Police Unit said.
The man, in his 40s, and a companion were in a small boat off
the entrance to the Hutt River just after 5pm when he fell
into the water and was swept by the current into the main
Police understood he was not wearing a life jacket, and he
and his companion were retrieving nets when the incident
"This morning we are on the water doing a surface search to
the shoreline on the easter side of Wellington Harbour," Mr
The high water level of the Hutt River and poor visibility
had hampered search efforts yesterday; however, conditions
had since improved.
"The river level has reduced and the sea conditions are far
better; however, visibility is still an issue."
The operation was still a search and rescue one, he said.
Yesterday, two other incidents involving boaties falling into
the sea in the Wellington region required Westpac and Airport
Fire resources to be temporarily diverted. Both incidents
were resolved quickly.