22 Sep 2011

Fisherman's body found

2:00 pm on 22 September 2011

A fisherman who died in Tauranga Harbour had not been wearing a lifejacket, police say.

The body of Moses Vahai, 55, of Merivale was discovered by a member of the public at 7am on Thursday near the rail bridge, off the Matapihi Peninsula.

Mr Vahai and another man were in an aluminium dinghy in the upper harbour, between the Matapihi Peninsula and Welcome Bay, when they ran into trouble.

The alarm was raised after the other man made it to shore.

A search by the Tauranga Coast Guard and a helicopter had failed to find Mr Vahai.

Police say conditions were calm at the time of the accident.

They say neither man was were wearing a lifejacket, which they say should be carried and worn by anyone on the water in a boat, especially one under six metres in length.