Body found at deadly Omanawa Falls in Bay of Plenty

Body found at deadly Omanawa Falls in Bay of Plenty
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The body of a missing man was found in the Bay of Plenty on Sunday.

Police were called to Omanawa Falls near Tauranga at about 2:30pm after receiving reports a person had gone missing. A body was found just after 4pm.

The death has been referred to the Coroner.

One Omanawa resident told the NZ Herald there was a lot of activity while the rescue effort was going on.

"Earlier there were a couple of fire engines, an ambulance, at least six cop cars. The cop cars actually blocked the neighbours from getting back into the house," she said.

Omanawa Falls is closed to the public due to safety concerns and can only be accessed by climbing down a dangerous cliff.

Omanawa Falls.
Omanawa Falls. Photo credit: Getty Images

In 2018, a 27-year-old drowned at the falls, and in October last year, two people were injured in just one week after accessing the treacherous area.

Since December, members of Ngāti Hangarau hapū have been onsite at Omanawa Falls to help care for it and support and advise any visitors. They will be stationed there until April.