Body of missing diver found

The man was diving off the coast of Makara in Wellington. Photo credit: Newshub/ Daniel Pannett
The man was diving off the coast of Makara in Wellington. Photo credit: Newshub/ Daniel Pannett

The body of a diver who was missing off the coast of Makara, Wellington has been recovered by the Police National Dive squad.  

The 24-year-old New Plymouth man was diving alone off the coast of Makara, and was expected to return at around 4:00pm on Monday.

"Police would like to thank all involved, especially volunteer Coastguard units, Surf Life Saving, and Wellington LandSAR for their efforts in the search.

Community support from local boaties, divers, and business owners was exceptional," says Senior Sergeant David Houston, Wellington Police Maritime Unit.

“This is an incredibly sad time for the man’s family and friends and we are thankful to be able to find him and bring them some form of closure."

The man’s death will now be referred to the Coroner.