23 Nov 2014

Man missing off Hawke's Bay coast

8:35 pm on 23 November 2014

The police dive squad is being called in to help search for a man missing off the Hawke's Bay coast.

The 56-year-old was snorkelling with another man at Pourerere Beach, east of Waipukurau, at about 2.30pm today, but never made it back to shore.

Police said initial search efforts, including from a helicopter, failed to turn up any trace of the man.

They said the national dive squad would begin a more intensive search of the surrounding areas at first light tomorrow morning.