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Search underway for boatie missing on Lake Wakatipu

"Search underway for boatie missing on Lake Wakatipu"

A search is underway to locate a man missing from a boat in Lake Wakatipu since yesterday morning, Sunday 30 June.

The man was the sole passenger aboard a cabin boat which set out onto the lake from the Earnslaw slipway by the Wakatipu Yacht Club around 9:30am.

The boat was then seen on the shore near the Bay View Road boat ramp around an hour later, however it was not until late afternoon that the boat was found to be empty and the man missing.

A shoreline and lake search took place last night involving LandSAR and Coastguard personnel, and the search has been underway again today on the water, around the shoreline, and from the air.

The Police National Dive Squad will arrive in Queenstown tomorrow to join the search.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the boat on the lake yesterday between 9am and 5pm.

The vessel (pictured) has a dark hull, and a white fibreglass cabin.

People with information can contact Queenstown Police on 105 quoting file number 190701/4755.

images, online at: http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/search-underway-boatie-missing-lake-wakatipu

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