Search resumes for missing boatie

A search has resumed for a man who fell off a boat in Wellington Harbour yesterday afternoon.

A police launch would be scouring the eastern part of Wellington Harbour this morning, Senior Constable Craig Pickering of the Wellington Maritime Police Unit said.

The man, in his 40s, and a companion were in a small boat off the entrance to the Hutt River just after 5pm when he fell into the water and was swept by the current into the main harbour.

Police understood he was not wearing a life jacket, and he and his companion were retrieving nets when the incident occurred.

"This morning we are on the water doing a surface search to the shoreline on the easter side of Wellington Harbour," Mr Pickering said.

The high water level of the Hutt River and poor visibility had hampered search efforts yesterday; however, conditions had since improved.

"The river level has reduced and the sea conditions are far better; however, visibility is still an issue."

The operation was still a search and rescue one, he said.

Yesterday, two other incidents involving boaties falling into the sea in the Wellington region required Westpac and Airport Fire resources to be temporarily diverted. Both incidents were resolved quickly.


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