Body pulled from Takaka River identified as missing camper James Rano Dick

James Rano Dick was last seen at 3:30pm on Wednesday in waist-deep water.
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James Rano Dick was last seen at 3:30pm on Wednesday in waist-deep water.

Police have identified a recovered body from a river to be that of a missing man in Takaka. 

The body of James Rano Dick, known as Hemi was recovered by the police dive squad around 120 metres down the Takaka River from where he was last seen last Wednesday.

Dick went missing after going for a swim nearly a week ago in waist-deep water by the crusher plant below the rapids in Takaka River. 

His friends reported him missing last Thursday afternoon. He was wearing only khaki cargo pants.

The 45-year-old's body has been taken to Nelson.

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Kelly McIntosh, who lives in Australia, said she was contacted by police and told that his body had been found.  

McIntosh is the mother of Dick's two youngest children. 

She would not comment on what the police told her but said they were, "awaiting post mortem at this stage". 

The death has been been referred to the Coroner.

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