26 Oct 2009

Body of Lake Rotoma fisherman found

7:45 am on 26 October 2009

Police have found the body of a 64-year-old Whakatane man whose boat was found empty on Lake Rotoma in Bay of Plenty.

The small aluminium dinghy was discovered turning in circles on the lake on Saturday, and a search for Graham Frederick Hatcher was launched at about 7pm.

The police dive squad, coastguard, a helicopter crew and local residents in their own boats all searched for the missing man.

His body was found on Sunday evening.