Police investigating if Ports of Auckland pilot boat hit and killed swimmer
A Ports of Auckland boat may have killed a swimmer off the North Shore.
Ports of Auckland chief executive, Tony Gibson confirmed an investigation is underway into the actions of one of its aluminium pilot boats.
A pilot boat is a roughly 15 metre boat used to transport marine pilots to incoming ships and pick up marine pilots from outgoing ships. A marine pilot's job is to guide a ship safely into port.
Gibson said the company was working with police to help determine what had happened.
He said the exact circumstances weren't clear.
"Ports of Auckland will be co-operating fully with the authorities as this investigation continues," Gibson said.
"I am extremely upset that one of our pilot boats may have been involved in the death of a swimmer. I understand the pain this will have caused and I offer the family and friends of the swimmer my deepest sympathies for their tragic loss."
Gibson couldn't make any further comment until the investigation had concluded.
The body of a man was recovered from the water off the East Coast Bays on the Shore around 4pm on Friday. He was missing a leg.
He is believed to be a swimmer reported missing on Thursday from Narrow Neck Beach near Devonport, about 13km south of where the the body was discovered.
Police had identified the man, but would not release his name until his relatives overseas had been contacted, a police spokeswoman said.
Police believed a boat, rather than a shark, was involved in the man's death.
"That boat had been identified, located and examined," the police spokeswoman said.
Police and Victim Support were assisting the man's family.
His body was spotted by passengers on a harbour ferry in Mairangi Bay.