Police name fisherman found in Wellington Harbour

06:52, Aug 19 2012
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A recreational vessel joins in the search for a man missing after the dinghy he was in sank off Horokiwi, near Wellington.
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Westpac rescue helicopter staff scour the area for signs of a missing man.
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A Coastguard vessel and a police launch search the water near Horokiwi for a man missing after the dinghy he was in sank.
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The Westpac rescue helicopter circles above Wellington Harbour.
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Rescue divers at the scene.

Police have named a man who was found dead after a dinghy sank in Wellington Harbour yesterday.

He was Leon Grant Scurrah, 49, from Lower Hutt.

Scurrah and another man were fishing in calm conditions when the three-metre craft sank 50 metres to 75m from shore at Horokiwi, police said.

It is understood that the boat tipped over after one of the men stood up.

The survivor made it to shore about 3.30pm and flagged down a passing cyclist, who called emergency services.

Police Dive Squad members found Scurrah's body about 5.25pm, two hours after the initial incident occurred.


Lifejackets were on board the dinghy, however they had been stowed away, police said.

The submerged dinghy was located on the sea floor today.

Lower Hutt police senior sergeant Mark Clausen said the man who made it to shore was "shaken and very upset", but otherwise unhurt.

The death has been referred to the coroner.

Contact Paul Easton
Hutt Valley reporter
Email: paul.easton@dompost.co.nz
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