Parents of missing Dutch tourist keep searching

The mother of missing Dutch tourist Ken Boogers, Ine van der Linden, is comforted by Silvia from Victim Support.
Jonathan Carson

The mother of missing Dutch tourist Ken Boogers, Ine van der Linden, is comforted by Silvia from Victim Support.

The official search for missing Dutch tourist Ken Boogers has stopped, but his parents have not given up hope.

Parents Ine van der Linden and Peter Boogers, joined by volunteers, are continuing the search for their 26-year-old son today.

However, police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said the search was now in "limited continuous search mode", meaning teams wouldn't be put into the field without some evidence to direct them.

Searchers conduct an aerial hunt for missing Dutch tourist Ken Booger (inset).

Searchers conduct an aerial hunt for missing Dutch tourist Ken Booger (inset).

Aside from a set of footprints, no sign of Boogers has been found since he headed off on a walk from Wharariki Beach to Pillar Point track in the Golden Bay coastal area last Saturday afternoon.

The alarm was raised by friends when he failed to turn up at his farewell dinner at Wharariki Beach Holiday Park on Sunday night.

"The family is going out and there's a community-based search which police are involved with," she said. 

Police wanted to thank search and rescue volunteers who had given up their week, and also acknowledge the community's generosity to the family, Dunn said. 

Peter Boogers and van der Linden arrived in Nelson on Thursday. 

They said a psychic they consulted before leaving had assured them their son was alive, but police say his chance of survival is low.

Dozens of search and rescue personnel, air scenting dogs, a helicopter and a navy ship searched the area where he was walking, which includes sea caves and steep cliffs.

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