'Extensive' search fails to find Wellington diver

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

LifeFlight's Westpac Chopper is part of the search that began last night.

A LandSAR team is also conducting a land based search along the shoreline.

Police have found the spear gun and catch bag used by the 24-year-old diver missing off Makara Beach near Wellington and the hope is to still find him alive.

The 24-year-old man from New Plymouth was diving alone just south of Makara when he disappeared.

A helicopter and a search and rescue team combed the area between Wharehou Bay and Pipinui Point on Monday evening.

Rescue teams have recovered a spear gun, a diver's float and a catch bag believed to belong to the man, and his auto is parked at the beach.

Inspector Banks said the vehicle belonging to the man was located at the beach yesterday.

A police spokesperson said an extensive search is underway employing a helicopter, as well as a search and rescue vessel the Lady Elizabeth.

Mr Banks said weather was calm and the conditions were good for those searching.

"We would welcome any reports from people who were diving in the vicinity yesterday who may have spoken to or seen this missing person", he said.

The man was described as tall and athletic with medium-length blonde hair.

He said Police continued to liaise with and update the family of the diver on the progress of the search.

He added the search effort and the next steps to be taken would continue to be evaluated.

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