A search and rescue operation (SAR) is underway for a crab fisherman who disappeared in a small dinghy off a Northland beach.
The man went out in a small inflatable dinghy to set some crab pots off Uretiti Beach yesterday when he was blown out to sea by very strong offshore winds, police say.
They believe the dinghy has tipped over and he has fallen into the sea.
A local surf lifesaver tried to find the man yesterday using a jetski but was unsuccessful, prompting a wider search using two fixed wing aircraft, a helicopter, Whangarei Coastguard, Ruakaka and Waipu Surf Lifesaving clubs along with Police Search and Rescue staff.
The search resumed this morning with the man's family also helping SAR teams.