The body of a missing swimmer off the coast of Auckland was found by search crews this afternoon.

The body was located at Hamilton’s Gap, north of Waiuku.

While formal identification is yet to take place, police believe it to be 19-year-old Hiran Joseph – who went missing while swimming at Karioitahi Beach on Tuesday.

“Police have informed Hiran’s family, who are being provided with support at this incredibly difficult time.”

A rāhui on recreational fishing and swimming in the area has now been lifted.

“Police thank the public for their compassion and understanding while the rāhui was in place.”