Person died following water incident near Te Kaha

Police were called to the incident around 8.30pm.

A person has died following a water incident near Te Kaha.

Police received a report that a person may have been in trouble in the sea near State Highway 35, Omaio, around 8.30pm.

"The person had reportedly been fishing near the river mouth and was swept out to sea while attempting to cross the river," says a police spokesperson.

"An extensive search was undertaken and sadly the person was located deceased overnight.

"Police would like to thank all those who assisted in the search, including residents from the local community.

"Police will make enquiries into the death on behalf of the Coroner."

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