Elderly hunter's friends join search

Last updated 10:00 12/12/2012

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A missing 84-year-old's hunting friends have joined the search for him in the Lake Rotoroa area today.

Fielding man David "Roy" Marston has been missing since Monday in the Nelson Lakes National Park.

Sergeant Mike Fitzsimons, of Nelson, said Marston was hunting in a party of six and was based at the Sabine Hut.

The group planned to hunt until 5pm on Monday and then meet at a designated point, but he failed to make the rendezvous.

He did not answer shots fired into the air last night.

Searchers, including a dog and helicopter, spent yesterday in the area but failed to find any sign of Marston.

Search co-ordinator Sergeant John Maxwell said two extra teams, along with some of Marston's hunting companions, joined the search today.

Marston was hunting in the Maori Creek area on the south side of Lake Rotoroa.

He was an experienced hunter who was fit and healthy and well prepared to survive a night in the bush, police said.

However, he was not familiar with the area, which had steep terrain.

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