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Missing vessel Erie boarded - no sign of missing man

Missing vessel Erie boarded

The HMNZS Wellington reached the missing launch Erie more than 200kms off the Taranaki Coast in heavy seas last night.

The Police Officers onboard the Navy vessel managed to board the Erie despite 10 metre swells. Missing man William Kerry Blair was not onboard the Erie and there is no immediate indication what has happened to him.

The HMNZS Wellington will endeavour to begin to tow the Erie to New Plymouth today. Because of the sea conditions its arrival is unlikely to be today.

Police will update that information as it comes to hand.

Once the Erie is back in port a detailed examination will be made to try and find some indication as to what has happened to Mr Blair.

Police are currently reviewing the search.

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