25 Nov 2015

Police invite crabbers to safety day

1:56 pm on 25 November 2015

Police in Northland are inviting crab fishers from Auckland's Asian communities to a beach safety day after several rescues and a spate of drownings.

Uretiti beach south of Whangarei has become a popular spot for the mainly Chinese fishers to net crabs.

But police said the beach could be treacherous, and three crab fishers had drowned there in the past two years - including one this week.

They have invited crab netters to a seminar in Auckland next month, to learn how to fish safely from Northland beaches.

It will be followed by a family day at Uretiti the following day, with practical demonstrations.

A shore search continues today for a crab fisher who fell out of his inflatable boat 400m off Uretiti on Monday.