6 March 2019
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is helping search for a man who fell from a yacht while sailing on the East Coast this afternoon.
Air Commodore Tim Walshe, the Air Component Commander, said a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft had been deployed from Auckland to join the search following a request from the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).
The Orion will search until last light, Air Commodore Walshe said.
RCCNZ said the missing man fell overboard from a 10-metre yacht about 28 kilometres east of Tolaga Bay. One person remains on board and had contacted Maritime New Zealand to request for help.
A Coast Guard vessel and two civilian aircraft are also involved in the search.