Search continues for man missing overboard of Wellington ferry

A search is underway in Wellington Harbor after it was confirmed a man had fallen overboard from an East by West ferry this morning.

A police spokesperson said in a statement: “Police are urgently seeking information to help identify this person who was on board the boat sailing at 6am from Queens Wharf to Days Bay.

“The person is believed to be a Pākehā man in his 40s.”

The passenger was reported to have been sailing at 6am from Queens Wharf to Days Bay on Friday.

East by West Ferries general manager Mat Jonsson told 1News that the ferry crew issued a distress call and began searching when they realized the passenger was missing upon arrival in Days Bay.

“We called a second ferry from the port to assist with the search, which was joined by other boats that responded to the rescue.”

He said the search was ongoing and the ferry operator was assisting from the water and shore.

“All of our available resources are involved.”

Conditions at the port this morning were very calm, Jonsson said, and the ferry was virtually safe for the safety of passengers.

“The main cabin of the boat involved is completely enclosed and the upper deck has barriers around the passenger area to prevent anyone from accidentally falling overboard.”

Days Bay Pier, Wellington.

The East by West ferry traveled between Wellington’s Queens Wharf and Days Bay, near Eastbourne.

Services would not resume today.

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