Search for missing boatie continues

TOM HUNT
Last updated 12:36 10/01/2014

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What was thought to possibly be a body at the bottom of Wellington Harbour turned out to be a tree stump. .

Upper Hutt man Uikilifi Peniamina, 49, was knocked overboard in rough waters on Sunday afternoon, near the mouth of the Hutt River, Wellington maritime police senior launch master Barry Hart said.

The navy's remote sonar torpedo with GPS abilities yesterday scoured an area of the harbour floor, near the river mouth, turning up one object of interest, which police inspected last night.

The object turned out to be a tree stump.

Two sonar torpedoes were in the harbour today, widening the search area.

Mr Hart ''full of optimism'' that Mr Peniamina's body would be found. The water around the river mouth was surprisingly free of debris, he said.

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