Skipper among fishing boat dead

The skipper of the doomed fishing charter vessel Francie is among those who died in yesterday’s tragedy. The boat was reported missing yesterday afternoon after attempting to re-enter the Kaipara Harbour in waves of up to 4m.


Three people have been rescued and the bodies of seven people recovered. One person remains missing. The Francie’s skipper, 68-year-old Bill McNatty, was among those who had died, people close to him within the Kaipara boating community said.

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