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Search for missing Tauranga boatie resumes

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/03/2017

The search for the man missing off the Tauranga coast since Tuesday has resumed.

At first light on Saturday police, Coastguard, Navy and search and rescue volunteers continued the search for Karl Earwaker who's boat, Optimist, was found capsized on Tuesday.

Police believe the 39-year-old Te Awamutu farmer had a tragic accident before his 5.6m fibreglass pleasure boat was found two nautical miles south of Mayor Island.

Police say they do not yet know why it capsized.

A local fishing competition is on and participants have been asked to keep an eye out.

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