Boat capsizes off Kaikoura coast

Last updated 11:19 03/12/2013

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One person has died and another is missing after a boat capsized off the coast of Kaikoura this morning.

The body of a man was found on the shoreline. He was wearing a life jacket.

Police spokesperson Barbara Dunn said it appeared a member of public raised the alarm after spotting the upturned boat about 9am at Atia Point, near South Bay, known locally as Shark's Tooth. 

The stern of the boat was floating with its bow submerged in the water.

Police, Coastguard and search and rescue volunteers are involved in the search for the remaining person, who is thought to be a man.

The weather in Kaikoura this morning was fine and sea conditions were calm.

The boat has been towed to shore.

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