Search for missing Timaru fisherman scaled back

2:37 pm on 2 January 2023
Potentially toxic benthic cyanobacteria in the Opihi River at SH1.

The Opihi River. Photo:

Police are asking for the public's help to find a missing fisherman in South Canterbury.

The Timaru man failed to return from a fishing trip to the Opihi River last Thursday.

A police spokesperson said several related items had been found around the rivermouth, but active search efforts were being scaled back.

People are still asked to report sightings of a green plastic dinghy, a grey or blue tarpaulin, a blue and white T-shirt and blue shorts to police.

They said the items may be spotted as far north as Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere, near Christchurch, roughly 150km away.

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