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Search for missing boaties

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called by the Tauranga Police on Tuesday 21 March to assist in the search for missing boaties.

A 5-6m boat was spotted floating upside down 2.5 nautical miles south of Mayor Island. An overflying light aircraft spotted the overturned boat and notified Police.

The rescue helicopter and Waihi Coastguard responded and carried out an extensive search of the area in which the boat was found.

No one was found.

For further information please contact Tauranga Police.

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