Father and daughter found safe

Thames Rescue. File photo.

UPDATE 11.02am:

The search for a father and his adult daughter overdue from a fishing trip has ended well, with their boat being located adrift in the Firth of Thames.

It will be towed to shore by another boat.

Both of those on board are tired and hungry but otherwise okay.

Police were notified just after 02.30 this morning (Saturday) that the man and woman had not returned to the boat ramp at Kaiaua, after setting out on a fishing trip yesterday (Friday).

The white boat, called Sledgehammer, which is approximately four metres long and has an outboard motor, was spotted by another boat.

A Coastguard plane also took part in the search this morning.


Coastguard aircraft and vessels are searching the Firth of Thames for two people overdue in a small boat.

A father and daughter (73 and 46) were reported missing by his wife when they failed to return last night. The pair left Miranda mid morning Friday and planned to be back later in the day, but their trailer and vehicle are still parked at the Kaiaua boat ramp, on the east side of the gulf.

The boat is about 4m with an outboard motor. It's reported they have lifejackets but no forms of communication.

Coastguard rescue vessels, private boats and a plane have joined the search.

Anyone out on the water who may have seen the boat is asked to contact 111 or phone Waikato Police on 07 858 6200. 

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