The victims went fishing each weekend and charter the 12m boat with friends about once a month.
The sea was quite rough and there were reported swells of more than 1.5m and strong winds in the area on Saturday.

New Zealand Herald online has quoted the former owner of the Francie as saying the boat should not have been operating or attempting to cross the bar in the rough conditions on Saturday.

The boat was made out of steel and can carry a maximum 20 passengers and two crew.

Inquiries were being made into what caused the maritime tragedy and how those on board ended up in the water.

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