No sign of missing boaties after police search
Police have been unable to find two boaties missing off the West Coast after resuming the search yesterday.
Helicopter and ground teams had been searching since 1pm, but could not find the men. The search was suspended for the night and would resume today.
The men were missing after their fishing boat, the Greymouthbased vessel Wendy J, got into trouble near Jackson Bay due to weather conditions.
They were reported missing after debris and a life raft were found offshore.
At about 2.40pm on Saturday a helicopter found one of three men aboard the boat near Teer Creek, about 8km southwest of where the vessel went down.
The search had been suspended due to poor weather conditions.
Constable Jim Marsh said police remained in contact with the mens’ families.
The rugged coastline was difficult to search due to tides, bluffs, and large boulders.
‘‘The vessel has been confirmed as the Wendy J, based in Greymouth,’’ Marsh said. ‘‘Wreckage is spread over a large area.’’
The Wendy J got into trouble near Smoothwater Bay on Thursday night.
The was alarm raised about 11.30am on Saturday after a person in a light aircraft spotted wreckage on the shore, Marsh said.
The search was initially called off yesterday morning due to bad weather.
Search teams scoured the area on Saturday, with the most recent effort focusing on the Smoothwater Bay area. The search was then suspended for the night.
Police deployed a helicopter to fly over the scene on Saturday because onshore conditions were rough.
The man found near Teer Creek was transported to Grey Base Hospital in a stable condition.