The search for a missing teenager at Christchurch's Sumner beach is now a recovery operation, according to police.
The 14-year-old boy went missing in rough conditions on Monday afternoon and a subsequent search failed to find any sign of him.
Superintendent Lane Todd said on Tuesday evening that while police were assessing the next steps to take, they were now treating it as a recovery operation.
"This has been a very difficult time for this young man's family and we are continuing to liaise closely with them," he said.
The boy had been swimming with a friend, who managed to make it to shore.
The search resumed on Tuesday morning with 20 volunteers and police staff searching the water and shoreline between Sumner and Taylors Mistake.