Kaipara Harbour disaster: Family still waiting for dad to come home

The Francie capsized while crossing the Kaipara Harbour bar on Saturday.
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The Francie capsized while crossing the Kaipara Harbour bar on Saturday.

"You've caught enough fish by now Dad, come home."

The family of Taulagi Afamasaga, the only person still missing from The Francie fishing charter after it capsized in the Kaipara Harbour on Saturday, say that as each day passes the grief gets "worse and worse".

Afamasaga was one of 11 men on board The Francie when it went down in rough seas. 

Taulagi Afamasaga's family are waiting for him to come home.
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Taulagi Afamasaga's family are waiting for him to come home.

Seven men perished, and their bodies have since been recovered.

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Another three fisherman survived. 

Afamasaga's daughter Amy Yerro said her father loved fishing so much that she and her family had been joking that he was staying out to catch fish while police search.  

"It's easier in the daytime," she said, "because if he's out there I know he can make it through the day... but it's hard at night."

Yerro said police were in constant contact with her family, calling three to four times a day with updates on how the search is progressing. 

"They call with no news, but it's still something."

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She said the family have been to Parakai Wharf, in Helensville to pay their respects, but cannot go out to the bar to do their own search because of safety concerns.

The Police Eagle helicopter is continuing aerial sweeps of the shoreline north and south of Kaipara Heads, and search and rescue officers scoured beaches on Wednesday morning.

 - Stuff.co.nz

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