8 Feb 2013

Body found off Coromandel coast

8:57 am on 8 February 2013

A body has been found in the sea off the Coromandel coast.

Police say a member of the public reported what looked like a body about 200 metres offshore in front of the Surf Life Saving Club at Whiritoa shortly after 5pm on Thursday.

They say the body was recovered and taken to Waikato Hospital for forensic identification.

Police say they are keeping an open mind about the victim, but also checking whether it is a Katikati man missing since his boat capsized off Bowentown at the end of January.