Teen's body found in Waikato River

The body of a teenage boy, who failed to surface after jumping from a cliff into the Waikato River, has been found.

Taupo Police said the boy was in an area of the river near the boat harbour by Unison Park - a popular swimming location, but one known for having a strong current.

They were called to search just before 4pm, along with the Taupo Harbourmaster and the Taupo Rescue Helicopter.

Spokeswoman Kim Perks said the boy was found about half an hour later.

The search crews now had to wait for the Police National Dive Squad to arrive from Wellington, before he could be pulled from the water safely.

Local Iwi had also been notified and were attending the scene.

Police had spoken with the boy's family, but said no further details about him or the circumstances in which he died were available yet.

It is understood the boy is from Turangi, and was swimming with four or five friends when he drowned.

He was found in water about 7.5 metres deep. His family are believed to be on their way to the scene.