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Nelson fisherman’s body found after two-day search of Waimea River

News from NZ Police
A man’s body was this afternoon recovered from the water at the mouth of the Waimea River in the Waimea Inlet, where a search was being carried out for a missing fisherman.

Police, LandSAR volunteers, Coastguard and surf lifesavers were involved in the search which began when the fisherman got into difficulty yesterday afternoon.

The body was located at 12.25pm by members of the Police Dive Squad, close to where the man was last seen at the Waimea river entrance to the estuary.

The body is yet to be formally identified. The matter has been referred to the Coroner. Police thanked all those who were involved in the search over the last two days.

Earlier News from NZ Police
A 35 year old Nelson man has been reported missing while fishing with friends in the Waimea Inlet near Nelson.

Lian Thang Van was fishing with a net near the mouth of the Waimea River when he got into difficulty about 4pm yesterday.

Golfers at the nearby Greenacres Golf Club raised the alarm and a search was mounted last night.

Today’s search includes 12 LandSAR ground search volunteers in four teams, two kayakers, four boats including Coastguard and Nelson Surf Lifesaving and four members of the Police Dive Squad.