A three-hour search was carried out in Western Bay of Plenty
last night after a boat carrying three men was reported
The boat had left Sulphur Point in downtown Tauranga,
destined for Motuotau Island off Mount Maunganui beach, and
was expected back by sundown.
It returned to Sulphur Point at 11.45pm, with the occupants
telling police they had been fishing under the Harbour
One man on board had a cellphone but didn't tell family of
the change in plans.
Police urged all boaties to tell someone on shore of their
destination, ETA, and any change of plans.
All people on board should have a life jacket, and each boat
should have two working forms of communication.