The man provided information that will be used to assist police in their investigation, the spokesperson said.
“The police are supporting their families during this difficult time.”
An investigation into how the accident happened is still in its early stages, the spokesperson said. The matter will be referred to the coroner.
“We are working with the Transportation Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) and Maritime NZ to understand the factors that caused this accident.”
Emergency services were notified at around 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 after a boat with four people on board overturned near the Manukau Heads bar.
Chief accident investigator Harald Hendel on Sunday urged all witnesses to come forward.
“The reported circumstances were that the boat capsized,” said Hendel.
“We don’t yet know what happened next, but we’ve heard that other boaters have found three people dead in the water and luckily saved a fourth.
“It is essential to clarify the facts, so we want to hear from people who saw the accident or observed the boat as soon as possible at any point in its journey. “
TAIC has appointed a dedicated team to lead the investigation, which secures electronic records – including photos, videos and location data on people’s cell phones – interviewing witnesses and looking for any wreckage.
“The team’s evidence-gathering job is broad at first to support the many avenues an investigation might take. The initial goal is to gather evidence that might go missing or change – not just wrecks and jetsam, but also memories while they are fresh in people’s minds, ”said Hendel on Sunday.
“We’re interested in what people have to say, of course, especially the survivor, but also what the families and friends of the crew knew about their plans for the trip.”