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Wellington Harbour Water Rescue

Wellington Harbour Water Rescue

Police and other emergency services are currently conducting a search in the inner Wellington Harbour following a report that a small dinghy with two persons on board had sunk at approximately 3.25 Saturday afternoon.

The dinghy, of unknown size, had two males on board aged in their forties who it is believed were fishing approximately 50 - 75 offshore from the Hutt Road (SH2) near the Horokiwi turnoff.

It is unknown how the dinghy sank however one of the males was able to swim ashore following the incident which was witnessed by a member of public and reported to emergency services.

The second male was not seen coming ashore and has not been since.

Two police launches, a coastguard launch and Westpac Helicopter were on scene quite soon after the incident but so far have been unable to locate the missing person. The location of the dinghy is known although it is not visible above water.

The Police Dive squad is now enroute to conduct a water search and the Police SAR squad is about commence a detailed shore search in the area.

Weather at the time was fine and with minimal wind and very calm surface conditions.

It is understood at this stage that neither person was wearing a lifejacket.

The second person from the boat is not believed to have suffered any injuries.

ENDS

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