Body found during search for missing snorkeller near Kaikoura

Police recovered the body, understood to be that of a 55-year-old Chinese man from Christchurch who failed to return ...
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Police recovered the body, understood to be that of a 55-year-old Chinese man from Christchurch who failed to return from a snorkelling trip on Sunday, on Monday afternoon.

A body has been found during the search for a missing snorkeller near Kaikoura Peninsula.

Police divers recovered the body, understood to be that of a 55-year-old Chinese man from Christchurch who failed to return from a snorkelling trip on Sunday, on Monday evening.

Sergeant Jason Munro said the discovery was made in shallow water during low tide at East Head about 6pm.

"It follows an extensive search, which began on Sunday, for a man who went snorkelling in the area and failed to return," he said.

The Christchurch man was snorkelling near an area known as Shark Tooth Point, near South Bay, about 3pm and was due out of the water about 5pm. His wife raised the alarm about 7.30pm.

The pair had travelled to Kaikoura for the day.

The search for the man was suspended on Sunday evening due to poor light, but resumed on Monday morning with a helicopter and Land Search and Rescue. The Police National Dive Squad joined the search in the afternoon.

A diver's catch-bag, spear gun, float and hand net were located on Monday morning. 

"Formal identification is ongoing [and] the matter will be referred to the Coroner," Munro said.

 
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