28 Oct 2018

Two divers still missing in Catlins after day-long search

7:11 pm on 28 October 2018

The search for two men missing after a diving trip in Southern Otago has been called off for the day.

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Two divers are missing off Purakaunui Bay in the Catlins. Photo: 123rf/ © Surfing the Planet

The men, aged 23 and 51, went diving for pāua at Purakaunui Bay and were reported overdue last night.

Searchers have been focussing on the area between Irihuka, also known as Long Point, and Nugget Point.

The police dive squad has been called and a helicopter and plane have been used in the search, which will continue tomorrow morning at first light.

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