Capsized boat a mystery for Bay of Plenty rescuers

An extensive search of the Mayor Island area involved the Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter. No one was ...
TRUSTPOWER TECT RESCUE HELICOPTER

An extensive search of the Mayor Island area involved the Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter. No one was found in the water.

Rescuers found an overturned boat in Bay of Plenty waters but they don't know who it belongs to.

A light aircraft reported the 5.6m boat off the shore of Waihi Beach about 3pm on Tuesday, Sunlive reported.

The boat is a fibreglass Sea Nymph called Optimist and was south of Mayor Island, a wildlife refuge also known as Tuhua.

A search followed, involving police, the Waihi Beach Volunteer Coastguard and the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter.

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They got the boat back and an extensive search didn't reveal anyone in the water, so Tauranga Police are now trying to find the boat's owner.

The boat has a 150hp Mercury outboard with it.  

Anyone with information can contact Tauranga Police on 021 192 3409.

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