Police no longer searching water for man who fell overboard of Wellington ferry, focusing on coast

Search and Rescue are making their way along Wellington's east coast

Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

Police say there is no active search in the water for a man believed to have fallen overboard on a Wellington Harbor ferry on Friday.

Instead, they say they are searching the coast.

A water search will be restarted if more information comes to light, police said in a statement.

The East By West ferry was traveling towards Days Bay, Eastbourne from Queens Wharf and departed shortly after 6am on Friday.

The man was the only passenger on board and was no longer on board when the ship arrived at the dock.

Police, coast guard and other vessels searched the port throughout the day on Friday, but police temporarily suspended the search in the evening, pending a review.

They have not yet identified the man and are asking the public for information.

He is described as being in his 40s, with light skin, around 180cm tall and with darker hair.

He was wearing a dark zip-up jacket and dark pants.

Police want to hear from anyone who knows someone matching this description who has not returned home as expected.