20 Jun 2014

Google WiFi balloon comes down

12:48 pm on 20 June 2014

Emergency services have been stood down after what was believed to be a light plane crash off the coast of North Canterbury was a Google WiFi balloon coming down.

Reports of a crash off from Napi Napi, south of the Hurunui river mouth were received about 11.30am on Friday.

A police spokesperson said they were attempting to contact Google about retrieving the balloon.

The balloon is part of a global Google project to provide internet in certain places.