22 Mar 2012

Funeral held for boating tragedy victims

1:18 pm on 22 March 2012

Thousands of people have attended a funeral service of four people who died when a fishing boat sank in Foveaux Strait.

The Easy Rider was capsized by a large wave and sank in the early hours of last Thursday.

One person survived and of the eight believed dead, the bodies of only four have been recovered from the sea.

Some 3500 people attended the service at Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill, as flags flew at half-mast in the city.

The four caskets were being brought onto the grounds where a small stage had been set up, with large television screens.

Family members were at the service as was the survivor, Dallas Reedy, 44, of Invercargill.

Police suspended the full-scale search for those still missing on Sunday but private searches have continued.