William Kerry Blair (centre)
A boat belonging to a Marlborough man missing for more
than a week has been recovered overnight but there is no sign
of Kerry Blair aboard.
Mr Blair, 55, was last seen on March 8 when he launched his
nine-metre aluminium boat Erie in the Marlborough Sounds.
His boat was discovered around 200km off the coast of
Taranaki by a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion on Friday
Attempts to secure it and bring it to shore have been
hindered by stormy weather and heavy seas, but authorities
managed to board the vessel overnight.
Mr Blair was not on board, and police said there was no
immediate indication on what happened to him.
Police officers onboard the Navy vessel HMNZS Wellington
battled 10-metre swells to board the Erie.
The naval vessel will now attempt to tow Mr Blair's boat to
Because of rough sea, it was not expected to arrive today,
"Once the Erie is back in port a detailed examination will be
made to try and find some indication as to what has happened
to Mr Blair," police said.