Search for missing boaties winds down

CHARLES ANDERSON
Last updated 19:20 13/01/2014

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A police and coastguard search for three boaties reported missing off the coast of Woodend Beach has been wound down.

The Rescue Co-ordination Centre received a call before 5pm today saying a boat was in trouble with three people aboard about 2km off the coast off Woodend Beach near Kaiapoi.

Simon Duncan, general manager for Garden City Helicopters, which operates the Westpac Rescue Chopper, said crews had completed a search of the area and found nothing. 

''Maybe it was a genuine call and perhaps the boat carried on to where it was going without communications.

''Or it could be a hoax. If the boat had sunk there would be visible wreckage and sea conditions are not such that it would make searching difficult.''

Southern communications police spokesman Lindsay Turner said police did not have any information about the boat or the people supposedly on board.

''Maybe it's a hoax, we've got no information.''  

 

 

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