10 Jan 2020

Snorkelers missing in Wairarapa

7:27 pm on 10 January 2020

A search is underway for two snorkelers in the Wairarapa.

Snorkel mask and flippers.

Photo: 123rf

Police were alerted to the missing pair at 11.34am, after they failed to return to shore from snorkelling for pāua near Mataikona.

Sergeant Anthony Matheson said the initial search included two helicopters, a police maritime unit, three commercial fishing boats and the Riversdale Surf Lifesaving Club.

A large number of private fishing vessels that were part of a fishing competition also helped.

Matheson said the police maritime unit and one helicopter were continuing the search.

"We currently have the Lady Elizabeth and one helicopter still searching. They will stay out there until it gets dark and we will recommence in the morning if we are not successful today."