3 Feb 2013

Woman drowns at Mt Maunganui beach

3:06 pm on 3 February 2013

A woman has drowned after getting into difficulties in the surf at Mount Maunganui.

Police say Vivian Fosse Telfar, who was 54, was swimming at the beach with a group of family and friends about 6pm on Saturday.

A surfer found her face down in the water about 20 metres offshore and tried to revive her but she died at the scene.

Her death has been referred to the Coroner.