The body of a third man has been recovered from the wreck of the FV Jubilee off the Canterbury coast.
Members of the navy dive team were able to get into the sunken fishing vessel on Wednesday and recover the body, after earlier recovering two bodies on Monday.
Police will not be able to confirm identification of all three bodies until Thursday afternoon at the earliest, says Sergeant Phil Simmonds.
The three men are believed to be Jared Reese Husband, 47, Paul Russell Bennett, 35, and Terry Donald Booth, 55.
The FV Jubilee's bell and lifebuoy were also recovered by navy divers and the dive support vessel HMNZS Manawanui has now left the area.
The vessel's crew sent a distress call on the morning of October 18 from north of the Rakaia River mouth. Searchers initially found an empty life raft and debris.