Police are now looking for a body in Wellington harbour after a man fell out of a boat last night.
Police called off the search this afternoon after finding no trace of the 49-year-old Wellington man in the muddy waters near the mouth of the Hutt River.
The search would resume tomorrow but they would be looking for a body, Senior Constable Craig Pickering said.
The man was reported overboard about 5pm yesterday off Port Rd near Seaview, near the mouth of the Hutt River at the north end of the harbour.
The pair were on their way to check a fishing net when they were thrown overboard. The other man managed to swim to shore and has since spoken to police.
He had confirmed to police that his companion was not wearing a life jacket, Pickering said.
"Events like this continue to underscore the importance of always wearing a life jacket when you are on the water," he said.
"River conditions can change rapidly after heavy rain and people can get into strife surprisingly quickly".
Poor water visibility from the river outflow hampered the search today and prevented the Police National Dive Squad from being used.
Police were not planning to release the missing man's name today, as attempts were still being made to contact his family.