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Police helicopter continues Kaipara search

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/11/2016
Taulagi Afamasaga with his daughter Amy © NZ Police Taulagi Afamasaga with his daughter Amy

The police Eagle helicopter is back in the air as the search continues for the one person unaccounted for after the capsize of the charter fishing vessel Francie in Kaipara Harbour.

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

Still missing, presumed drowned, is 56-year-old Taulagi Afamasaga.

Police say the Eagle is conducting a search of the shoreline up and around Kaipara Harbour on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to continue into the evening.

They say the search will be reassessed on Thursday morning.

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