Search for missing elderly man, daughter fishing off Firth of Thames

Search for missing elderly man, daughter fishing off Firth of Thames

A Coastguard plane is undertaking a search for a missing pair in a small fiberglass boat.

A Coastguard plane is undertaking a search for a missing pair in a small fiberglass boat.

A search is under way for a man and his daughter who failed to return from a fishing trip. 

The 73-year-old man and his 46-year-old daughter set off for a day-long trip on the western side of the Firth of Thames, north of Miranda, at 10.30am on Friday.

When they failed to return home as planned on Friday evening, the man’s wife reported the pair missing, Senior Sergeant Ray Malcolmson said. 

Their vehicle and boat trailer remain parked in the carpark at the Kaiaua boat ramp, where the pair launched the boat, he said. 

They were on board the Sledgehammer, a 4-metre fibreglass boat outfitted with an outboard motor. 

There are lifejackets on board, Malcolmson said, but the pair are not believed to have a cellphone or a radio. 

“Coastguard have a plane up looking for them. There are a large number of boats out today and many have been informed.”

Malcolmson said the man is a regular fisherman. There was no information about whether the pair had headed somewhere else or decided to spend the night out. 

Anyone out on the water who may have seen the boat is asked to contact 111 or phone Waikato Police on 07 858 6200. 


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Published at Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:53:14 +0000

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