Man dead after falling in to Otaki River

A whitebaiter has died after falling in to the Otaki River.

Sergeant Slade Sturmey said the elderly Otaki man was whitebaiting on the northern side of the Otaki River mouth with friends when he fell in to the water as he was retrieving his whitebait net.

''We're not sure what has happened at this stage. He was found by friends, but it's not clear how he came to be in the water.''

His body had been removed from the scene for examination and the coroner would decide the cause of death.

The man was found by friends about noon.

CPR was performed by emergency services.

Police were working on contacting next of kin.

Mr Sturmey said the man was a regular whitebaiter, and was often seen on the north side of the Otaki River.

Contact Blair Ensor
Police reporter
Email: blair.ensor@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @blairensor

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