Police name boatie missing after boat found capsized

11:54 am on 23 March 2017

Police have named a Te Awamutu farmer who is missing after his boat was found capsized off the Tauranga coast.

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The search for 39-year-old Karl Earwaker resumed at first light today.

His overturned boat was spotted by a plane two nautical miles south of Mayor Island at about 3pm on Tuesday.

Police said today they believed Mr Earwaker has suffered a tragic accident and the boat had somehow capsized.

A surface search of the area where the boat was found was continuing today, with the Police Dive Squad and Navy staff due to begin a seafloor search in the same area this afternoon.