Police focus on coast searching for man overboard from Wgtn ferry

Police say they are not currently searching the water for a man believed to have fallen overboard from a Wellington Harbor ferry yesterday.

Wellington police said “no active search is underway in the water” but instead efforts were focused on investigations on land.

The water search would resume if more information came to light, a spokesperson said in a statement.

The commuter ferry traveled from Queens Wharf in the city to Days Bay in Eastbourne.

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

The man was the only passenger on the service and was no longer on board when it arrived in Days Bay.

The search involved up to 14 boats and a rescue helicopter on Friday, but was suspended overnight pending a review.

Police have not yet identified the man and are appealing to the public for information.

He was 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.

“If you have a family member or friend matching this description who has not returned home as expected, please contact police,” a spokesperson said.