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Sailboat carrying 3 Germans missing in New Zealand

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Three German nationals, including two 19-year-old tourists, are missing off New Zealand after their sailboat vanished.

Police said Tuesday that an aerial search had ended after turning up no sign of the 7.5-meter (25-foot) craft Munetra. The boat's last communication was April 16 when it left the South Island port of Bluff bound for Preservation Inlet. It was reported missing April 24.

Police said the missing tourists are Lea Tietz and Veronika Steudler, both 19, from the Gorlitz district. Also missing is the boat's captain, 33-year-old Andre Kinzler, a German who had been living and working in New Zealand for the past four years.

Police said a large search team that included two planes and two helicopters had scoured the coastline in the region without success.

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