Retired cop drowns at Auckland marina
A man who died after falling off a boat in a marina on Auckland's North Shore was a recently retired police inspector.
Alan Wright, 58, drowned at Bayswater Marina, on Sir Peter Blake Pde, after falling off his boat between 10pm and 11pm last night.
Police started searching for him last night but didn't find his body until 7.30am today.
He had been living on the boat and was reported missing by family members.
Waitemata District Commander Superintendent Bill Searle said officers were "shocked and saddened" by the death.
"His untimely and accidental death is tragic. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, present and former colleagues."
Searle said Wright retired from his role at the district headquarters in January after 34 years with the police.
He spent a number of years as a traffic officer with the Ministry of Transport before transferring to the police in 1992.
"Alan spent virtually his entire career in the Auckland region where he was well known and respected. He was a real character with a great sense of humour. He was passionate about road policing and also his boat, on which he lived at Bayswater Marina."
Searle said the death had been referred to the coroner and funeral arrangements were yet to be notified.
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