A body has been recovered by divers in the search for a man, who failed to return to shore after he went snorkelling for crayfish at Manuka Beach, Domett.

Police were called to the scene at 2pm yesterday after the 52-year-old failed to return to shore. That day, a Westpac rescue helicopter carried out an aerial search of the area while police scoured the shoreline.

This morning, the police dive squad arrived and began a water search, assisted by Surf Life Saving New Zealand.

“At about 3pm, searchers located a body in the water,” said police incident controller Detective Zeb Harland. “We would like to thank everyone who assisted with the search.”

Local iwi have placed a rāhui on the northern end of Manuka Beach for a period of one week. The death has been referred to the coroner.

Harland said: “Our thoughts are with the diver’s family, who police are providing with support at this tragic time.”