Fishermen on an overdue boat have been found safely on shore in the early hours today after sparking a call-out of emergency services off Wellington's western coast last night.
A group of spear fishermen headed out in a small boat from Makara yesterday morning but failed to return home by 6pm.
Police were notified at 10pm that the group were overdue.
Marine police's launch began searching the water about 11pm while Land Search and Rescue began a shore search and Westpac Rescue Helicopter searched the area by air, senior launch master Constable Paul Curd said.
The rescue helicopter found the fishermen ''safe and well'' in a hut between Ohau Point and Makara at 1am today, Curd said.
No further details were available this morning.
The Dominion Post