Bethells Beach search continues for missing Korean fisherman Myung Kang

The search for missing Korean fisherman Myung Kang continued on Tuesday after he was last seen at west Auckland's Bethells Beach. 

A search and rescue team including lifeguards and a police Eagle helicopter were out since 5.30am and will be out again on Wednesday searching for 57-year-old Mr Kang who's believed to have been fishing on Saturday.

His family became concerned he hadn't come home from his fishing trip and reported him missing to police late on Sunday night, Waitemata Police Detective Senior Sergeant Callum McNeill said.

Police have since found his vehicle, a white 2011 Toyota Prius, in a carpark at the beach, and have undergone a search and rescue operation. They want anyone who may have seen Mr Kang at the beach on Saturday to get in touch.

It comes after the police Eagle helicopter was out last night and spotted a body believed to be that of a 16-year-old who went missing at Whatipu beach in December.

The teenager's sister was in the water with him, but managed to get to shore.

A land search was abandoned and the Tongan teenager's family has been at the beach holding a vigil ever since.

There are no lifeguards at Whatipu and the message is that if you are going to a west Auckland beach go somewhere that has lifeguards, swim between the flags, and let someone know where you're going and when you're expected back.