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Search resumes for teen missing at sea

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/08/2016

A search for an 18-year-old missing after his boat capsized in rough seas near New Plymouth is set to resume.

One of two men on the boat swam for two hours to reach shore to sound the alarm after the boat turned over near Mataora Island early on Monday morning.

But the 18-year-old with him remained missing on Monday evening after weather conditions hampered search efforts.

The Taranaki rescue helicopter, two IRB vessels, surf lifesavers, air patrol and the New Plymouth Port pilot vessel were all involved in the search.

Rescuers were preparing to begin searching again at 7am on Tuesday, a police spokeswoman says.

The two men were in a five-metre boat on the way to check cray pots near the island when it capsized for unknown reasons.

"Together they've made a decision that they would try to swim for shore, which one of the two men has been successful in doing,"

Senior Sergeant Thomas McIntyre said. As they were swimming to shore the 18-year-old began to struggle and the first man threw him a lifejacket, though it's not sure if he was able to get the jacket.

The rescued man suffered minor injuries as he made it to shore around Paritutu Rock around 9.20am.


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