11 Jan 2012

Fisherman dies after being swept off rocks

2:59 pm on 11 January 2012

A man found dead in the water in the Coromandel peninsula was swept off rocks while fishing, police say.

The 30-year-old had been fishing with three friends in Homunga Bay at the northern end of Waihi Beach when the drowning occurred on Tuesday.

Police say the tragedy highlights the dangers of fishing off rocks and are urging people to use lifejackets or personal flotation devices.

Police will not release the dead man's name until they have finished notifying his family.