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Body of missing man may be with boat

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/12/2016

Police say the man missing from the boat that capsized in Kaipara Harbour on Saturday may still be on board.

Three of the 11 men on board the 12-metre launch survived the incident, while the bodies of seven others have been recovered.

Police believe it is possible that Taulagi Afamasaga, who is still unaccounted for, is still on board the vessel.

Police, Coastguard and navy search teams are now looking for the missing boat, Francie, in the area it's believe to have capsized.

Rescuers suspended the search for the missing 56-year-year-old on Thursday.

Authorities said there were no new search leads and presume Mr Afamasaga has died, with experts saying it is not possible to survive for so long in the water.

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