At least seven dead after boat capsized off NZ

The bodies of seven people have been found after a chartered fishing boat sank off New Zealand on Saturday.

Media reports suggest five bodies were recovered late on Saturday and another two during a search of the shoreline on Sunday morning.  One person is still missing seven hours after the vessel overturned near Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland.

A former skipper of The Francie, who now operates another charter boat, told the New Zealand Herald that conditions were “too rough” to have taken the vessel out of the harbour.


“I stayed home, I’m not stupid,” the Herald quoted Rod Bridge as saying. “The wind was coming up and the swell was coming up. You wouldn’t go out over the bar.”

Reporters at the scene say it’s not clear if the people on board were locals or tourists.