Bodies of two men and boat wreckage found off Southland coast

A Southern Lakes Helicopter in Fiordland's Breaksea Sound in 2011.
BARRY HARCOURT

A Southern Lakes Helicopter in Fiordland's Breaksea Sound in 2011.

Two bodies have been discovered along with the wreckage of a boat near Breaksea Sound in Southland.

Senior Sergeant Darryl Lennane, of Southern Police, said one of the bodies and the boat wreckage were discovered on Friday afternoon.

A search operation was then launched and the body of the second man was located later in the day.

The matter has been referred to the coroner, Lennane said.

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Te Anau-based Southern Lakes Helicopters were called into help with the search and rescue operation.

A spokeswoman said two of its helicopters were involved in the search, but she could not confirm any more details about the incident.

The NZ Rescue Coordination Centre in Wellington took charge of the wider search, she said.

Breaksea Sound is located on the southwest coast of the South Island. It cuts into Fiordland National Park near Resolution Island.

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