Search for fisherman in West Auckland becomes recovery operation after items wash ashore

The search for a missing fisherman in West Auckland is now a recovery operation.

Fifty-seven-year-old Korean man Myung Kang went missing at Bethells Beach on Saturday.

Police searching for Mr Kang announced today that they have located some of his belongings washed up on the beach at O'Neill Bay.

Search and Rescue teams, life guards and the police helicopter have been searching the wider area to find him since his family reported him missing on Sunday evening.

Detective Senior Sergeant Callum McNeill said the discovered items include clothing and a fishing bag.

“We have also had several people contact us reporting sightings of Mr Kang over the weekend, and based on this evidence the indications are that he has gone into the water," Mr McNeill said.

“Sadly, we believe this is now a recovery operation.”

The land search for Mr Kang has been scaled back, but aerial searches over the coastal area with the police helicopter will continue over the next few days.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Waitemata Police at 09 839 0697.

Missing fisherman Myung Kang. Source: Supplied

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