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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