A launch belonging to missing Marlborough boatie Kerry Blair
has been towed to New Plymouth where it will be examined for
clues about his disappearance.
The 55-year-old was last seen 11 days ago when he launched
his nine-metre aluminium boat Erie in the Marlborough Sounds.
The commercial fisherman gave no indication of where he was
going when he left on the afternoon of March 8.
On Friday evening his boat was found 200km off the Taranaki
The Navy vessel HMNZS Wellington recovered it yesterday and
towed it to New Plymouth, a police spokeswoman said.
The Erie will be taken out of the water today and would
undergo an examination to try to uncover any clues as to what
has happened to Mr Blair, she said.
Police said there was no immediate indication of what
happened to him.
Mr Blair's brother Peter said yesterday while some members of
the family were clinging to hope that he would still be found
alive, he said he had personally "sort of accepted Kerry has
"There was a glimmer of hope that he might have been alive,
but not to have been aboard was pretty destroying," he told
The news came as a thunderbolt.
"I was pretty upset. It's my brother," Peter Blair said.
Mr Blair said the family hoped a forensic examination of the
boat would answer all of the questions that they had into the