Missing boatie: Kids found clinging to hull

A search is expected to continue this morning for a man who went missing when his boat capsized in Bay of Plenty yesterday.

Four children were found clinging to the overturned vessel last night, but there was no sign of the 52-year-old man.

Coastguard personnel and a rescue helicopter were yesterday searching the area near Bowentown heads, which is the northern headland to the entrance of Tauranga harbour.

The children were taken to shore and were uninjured, police said.

The incident followed the drowning of a man in rough conditions at an unpatrolled beach in the Coromandel yesterday.

The man, in his 40s, died at Opito Bay, northeast of Whitianga, about 2.45pm, the second of two beach deaths over the Auckland Anniversary long weekend.

The incident came about 15 hours after the discovery of the body of a Te Puke 26-year-old who had been long-line-fishing at Otamarakau beach in the Western Bay of Plenty.


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