The body of a man has been found, hours after he was swept
away at the Motu rivermouth near Whakatane today.
Police said the 41-year-old local had been fishing with
friends, and disappeared while attempting to cross the
rivermouth. His companions are all safe.
A search began about 3.50pm and was called off for the night
three hours later.
At approximately 8.30pm the man's relatives found his body,
He had come ashore about 150m from the point of the river
where he had gone missing.
Police confirmed the man was aged 41, not 25 as previously
He will not be publicly identified until all next of kin have
Police have issued a reminder about the dangers posed by the
country's waterways. A combination of rain and tropical
weather means river levels and the sea surf are dangerously
high. Anyone enjoying activities on our waterways is urged to
take every precaution and make sure they are wearing life
jackets, a police statement said.
Three drownings made the Christmas holiday period - which
began at 4pm on Christmas Eve and finished at 6am on Thursday
- the lowest toll in six years.
Hamilton man Jason Anthony Johns, 43, drowned at Whiritoa
Beach in the Coromandel on Christmas Eve while swimming about
600m outside the flags.
Robert Farquhar, 29, died while he was diving at Matakatia
Bay in Whangaparaoa on December 29.
Oscar-winning sound editor Michael Alexander Hopkins drowned
while rafting Wairarapa's flooded Waiohine River on December
30. His wife and another man in the raft survived.
There was an average of 10 drownings during the past five
A 27-year-old man drowned at Himatangi Beach on Saturday.
Jarrett Simeon, of Feilding, is believed to have been
swimming outside the flagged area when he drifted away from a
group of friends.
Police found his body about 100m from the Himatangi Surf Life
Saving Club yesterday.
- APNZ and the NZ Herald