Hamilton: Two more bodies have washed up on a New Zealand shoreline following a boating tragedy in which up to eight people are feared dead, police said Sunday.
Seven bodies have now been recovered and three survivors rescued after their chartered fishing boat capsized in rough seas at Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland, on Saturday afternoon.
"One person is still missing and the search is ongoing this morning," police said in a statement Sunday.
"The bodies of two more people who are believed to have been onboard the Francie were recovered early this morning.
"A total of seven victims have now been recovered."
They were among 11 people on board The Francie, a 12-metre (40-foot) long charter vessel which capsized at the entrance to Kaipara Harbour.
A local fisherman, Eric Kuypers, told Fairfax media that the sea was "just a wall of white water" near where the boat went down.
"That surf had got up from 1.4 metres to about 3 metres," he said.