Police are contacting the families of two Auckland divers
missing off Great Barrier Island.
A spokeswoman said the divers were reported missing from an
8-metre boat just after midnight on Saturday.
The police Eagle and Westpac Rescue helicopters searched for
the pair without success overnight and an aerial search
resumed this morning but has so far been unsuccessful.
The alarm was raised after a diver did not resurface and a
second diver who went to investigate also disappeared.
The boat was launched from Whangaparaoa and its occupants
were on a free-diving crayfish expedition.
The police spokeswoman said the Wellington-based police
national dive squad is helping with a more thorough search
Police were contacting the next-of-kin of the divers, who
were believed to be from Auckland, she said.
Officers based on the island, northeast of Auckland, were
also helping with the search.