Memorial service for missing whitebaiter

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 10:49 10/10/2012
Paul McFall
MISSING MAN: Victor Boraman, 21, who was washed out to sea on Sunday at the Rakaia River mouth.

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A memorial service will be held on Friday for a Rakaia man who was "tragically lost at sea" while whitebaiting.

Victor Boraman was knocked into the Rakaia River by a large wave on Sunday night.

There has been no trace of the 21-year-old dairy farmer since the Westpac rescue helicopter crew located him that night after he had been in the water for about an hour.

Despite coming agonisingly close, weather and sea conditions hindered rescue attempts and Boraman was sucked under the water.

Land searches of both sides of the shoreline have so far failed to find Boraman.

A death notice for Boraman, who was to turn 22 on October 26, appeared in The Press today.

It stated he was "tragically lost at sea" and a memorial service would be held on Friday at the Papakaio Community Centre in Otago.

His mother, Dixie Boraman, earlier told The Press the family had accepted he was dead.

"We've accepted he's not coming home. Now it's just down to whether we get his body back or not," she said.

Boraman came to New Zealand as a 6-year-old when his parents brought him from Russia, where he had been an orphan.

Shoreline searches will continue today until Friday, if required.

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- The Press

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