Police have released the name of one of the men who died
after being swept out to sea on Northland's west coast on
Patea Douglas Tane-Hohaia (18) was one of three sucked out in
rough seas as they tried to fish with a net, north of
Maunganui Bluff, 42km north west of Dargaville, about 1pm on
Saturday. A 21-year-old remained in a stable condition in
But the body of a third man had remained at sea as rough sea
conditions prevented recovery.
About midday yesterday a body washed ashore and could be that
of the missing 27-year-old fisherman.
Whangarei/Kaipara area commander Inspector Tracy Phillips
said the body was discovered by locals on the south side of
the Maunganui Bluff, northwest of Dargaville.
"We can't confirm yet whether it is the [missing] person
until we've gone through the formal identification process,"
Ms Phillips said.