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UK walker missing on West Coast

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/08/2016

Police say the man missing for two nights in bush on the West Coast is from the United Kingdom and his family are on their way to New Zealand.

The 28-year-old was only lightly clad and carrying a day pack when he set off to walk up Mt Bovis in Paparoa National Park on Saturday morning.

He did not return to Punakaiki on Saturday night, sparking a search effort involving a helicopter with heat-seeking equipment and 15 ground searchers.

The man had been on a three-week working holiday in New Zealand, says West Coast area commander, Inspector Mel Aitken.

His family are due in the country on Tuesday.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this time, as we continue our best efforts to reach a positive conclusion to this rescue," Insp Aitken said.

It's a day trip up Mt Bovis, a 1252m peak east of Punakaiki in the Paparoa Range behind Bullock Creek Farm, according to information websites for trampers.

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