3 Jan 2011

Major search for missing swimmer

10:02 pm on 3 January 2011

A major search was launched on Monday evening for a swimmer missing off the Wellington coast.

A man in his late 20s was swimming with a relative at Seatoun when he went missing at about 6.30pm.

Police inspector Marty Parker said police, the fire service, the airport crash unit, the Coastguard, maritime police and a rescue helicopter were all combing the water looking for the man.

At the time the man went missing, he said, there was an outgoing tide.