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Overdue Marlborough Sounds yachtie found

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

The yachtie reported overdue in the Marlborough Sounds has been found safe and well after a misunderstanding over a meeting.

Police on Thursday evening issued an appeal for sightings of 52-year-old Peter Gascoigne, who had failed to meet a friend in Blackwood Bay on New Year's Eve.

However, on Friday morning they said he was found at anchor safe and well after he turned his cellphone on.

His sole means of communication had been turned off to preserve the battery.

"The appointment he was due to be at was not a confirmed one," a police spokeswoman said.

"It appears to be a misunderstanding between Mr Gascoigne and the person who called him in as missing."

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