13 Jan 2011

Diver missing off Titahi Bay safe and well

6:00 am on 13 January 2011

A man thought to be lost while diving off Titahi Bay beach in Porirua has been found safe and well.

An aerial, marine and land search started on Tuesday morning for Colin Smithies, 49, who had not been seen since the night before. Police believed he had been diving.

They searched an area stretching as far north as Mana Island and Pukerua Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Searchers had planned to begin looking again on Thursday morning, but say Mr Smithies now walked into a police station at Clive in Hawke's Bay on Wednesday evening.

Police say they are investigating how he came to be in Clive.