Nelson Police are responding to an incident near the Neale Skate park along the main highway.
A section of Queen Elizabeth Drive is closed from the Trafalgar St roundabout and the lane going from Atawhai to Nelson is about to be re-opened to heavy vehicles only.
Police are investigating the tussock coastal area just past the picnic area opposite the railway reserve. They appear to be conducting their search around a boat and dark coloured vehicle that are stationary beside the waters edge.
Four police units and two St Johns vehicles including an ambulance are in attendance.
Two fire units including Nelson Command are at the scene and drivers are advised to slow down in the area.
We will give you more information shortly.