The search for a kayaker missing off Wellington’s South Coast has now entered day three with police divers scouring the bay where his kayak was found.
Koyren Campbell, 22, has not been seen since Sunday.
His kayak, which he had been fishing from, was found floating in Tarakena Bay, near Moa Point, on Sunday afternoon.
Police confirmed the search would resume on Tuesday morning.
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It would involve the police dive squad, two teams of land searchers, an Air Force helicopter, and police launch Lady Elizabeth IV. But the search was weather-permitting, police said.
The search would cover an area from Sinclair Head, west of Owhiro Bay and Red Rocks, to Palliser Bay in Wairarapa.
“We continue to appeal to members of the public who might be in the south coast area – including Eastbourne through to Wairarapa, or along the Miramar/Seatoun coast – to be vigilant and on the lookout for Koyren or any equipment or clothing that might belong to him,” police said.
Senior Sergeant Dave Houston, officer in charge of the Wellington Police Maritime Unit, confirmed police divers were on Tuesday focused in Tarakena Bay, where Campbell’s kayak was found.
A Givealittle page, set up on Monday, said friends hoped to get a thermal imaging drone to join the search but that cost $400 per hour.
“He is the most amazing friend and has a partner who loves him dearly as well as family and friends,” it said.
Campbell’s employer, David Downer, owner of D-Fluff Insulation, joined the search on a jetski along the South Coast and across Wellington Harbour’s mouth on Monday.
He said Campbell, an insulation installer, was a keen outdoors enthusiast who often went fishing or hunting after work.
Niwa marine physics principal scientist Craig Stevens said a lot of things that ended up in the water at Wellington made their way to Palliser Bay due to a constant current south of the city flowing in that direction.
Wind from the northwest on Sunday afternoon would also tend to push things in that direction. But there was also a rising tide that could have created a pull into Wellington Harbour and possibly towards Eastbourne, he said.
Police asked for anyone who had taken photos at the Tarakena Bay area on Sunday to contact them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police via 105 and quote event number P045173862.