A body found in Bay of Plenty has been confirmed as that of a
fisherman who disappeared after a stingray pulled his fishing
rod into the sea.
The Navy was conducting a sonar search of the the Kauri Point
area this morning when Peato Samele Ilalio's body floated to
the surface, police say.
Mr Ilalio, 40, went missing while fishing with his wife from
the jetty about 2pm on Thursday.
He jumped into the sea to retrieve his fishing rod and got
into difficulty in the channel because of the outgoing tide,
The three-day search involved the Police Dive Squad and
several volunteer groups including the Waihi Beach
Coastguard, Waihi Beach Surf Club, the Trustpower TECT Rescue
helicopter, Tauranga Harbour Warden and Tauranga Land Search
The matter has now been referred to the Coroner.