Fear turned to relief yesterday when two Dunedin men emerged from a boat in Broad Bay on which they had spent the night.
Police were considering mounting a water search and rescue operation when friends Nick Fausch and Tim Marcinowski (both 21), both of Macandrew Bay, popped up in the water just before 10am.
They had been in a boat moored about 300m from shore.
Police had been trying to contact friends to determine whether the pair were on land, or whether they were missing on Otago Harbour.
Earlier, Robert Brown, on a morning walk with his dog, had reported a vehicle, clothes, and a nearly empty bottle of wine left on the Broad Bay jetty.
Police obtained an identity through a check on the vehicle, and received a report of a sighting of the pair on a lilo about 7.30 the previous night.
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