Fisherman found dead off Napier coast

A person has been found dead after falling from a fishing vessel off the coast of Napier early today.

The coastguard, a rescue helicopter and emergency services were called to the incident about 3.45am, Napier Coastguard skipper Neil Daykin said.

A person's body was discovered by the Coastguard air patrol about 8.30am.

"It directed a coastguard rescue vessel and other vessels to a person and unfortunately they've been found deceased," Mr Daykin said.

No details have yet been released about the person.

- By Patrice Dougan of APNZ

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