Body recovered in search for fisherman missing near Whangapoua

By RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

The family of a missing fisherman is being notified after a body was found off the Coromandel Peninsula.

Whangapoua Beach on the Coromandel peninsula.
Whangapoua Beach on the Coromandel peninsula. Photo: 123RF

The man was reported missing on Friday, when he failed to return from a day trip in his six-metre boat.

He had set off from the Whangapoua boat ramp at about 9am.

A search was launched involving police and Coastguard aircraft and vessels.

The body was found yesterday at around 5.40pm by a Coastguard fixed-wing plane, south of Kennedy Bay.

His boat had been located around four hours earlier approximately 24 nautical miles off the coast of Whitianga.

Police have expressed their sympathy for the man’s family and have also thanked those who were involved in the search.

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