No sign of miss­ing boat­ies af­ter po­lice search

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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.

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