23 Dec 2016

Man swims to shore after falling overboard from boat in Tasman Bay

7:52 pm on 23 December 2016

A 46-year-old man who was reported missing overboard after falling from a boat in Tasman Bay this evening has been found after he swam to shore and walked home.

Tasman Bay

Tasman Bay Photo: 123rf.com

Police said they were alerted at 5.45pm, and have one helicopter and four boats searching for the man in the water near Rabbit Island.

Teams were also conducting a land search of the island.

The man fell from a 4m boat, but swam to shore at Tahunanui Beach, and walked back to his nearby home, police said.