Body recovered from Takapuna beach

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 23:20 01/09/2012

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Police have identified a body recovered off Takapuna Beach earlier tonight. The deceased man was Mark Thomas, 52, of Auckland.

Thomas' body was recovered off Takapuna Beach at around 7pm tonight following a combined NZ Navy and police operation using sonar equipment.

Police Maritime Auckland duty sergeant Graham Jex said earlier tonight before the body had been formally identified that it did match the description of a paddle boarder who went mising in the area on Wednesday.

"The body was located about 700m east of Thorne Bay between Takapuna and Milford," he said. "We believe it is the missing paddle boarder."

Jex said there is no indication as to how the man died.

The missing paddleboarder, in his early 50s, entered the water at the northern end of the beach on Wednesday afternoon and his family alerted police after he failed to return.

His board was found by the police launch Deodar near where he entered the water.

Police are referring the matter to the Coroner.

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