Man drowns in Coromandel overnight, third death for region in a week

A man has drowned in the Coromandel overnight becoming the third in the region in just a week. 

Police confirmed a man died overnight in Coroglen in a "water-related incident".

The area is an in-land section of the Coromandel where the Waiwawa River flows through into the Whitianga Harbour.

Coroglen Photo credit: Google Maps

"Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this sad time," a police spokesperson said.

"The death will be referred to the Coroner."

It comes after emergency services had to rescue a group of swimmers who got in trouble in the water at nearby Opoutere Beach.

On Wednesday, just before noon, emergency services were called to the beach located just a one-hour drive south of Coroglen.

Six people were rescued from the sea: one in a serious but stable condition, who was airlifted to Waikato Hospital, four in minor to moderate conditions, and another who later died.

The seventh person is still missing.

Opoutere Beach.
Opoutere Beach. Photo credit: Newshub.

On Tuesday evening, at a nearby beach in Whangamatā another person drowned.

The man was rescued by a helicopter but could sadly not be revived.

The drownings come after the number of drownings in 2022 reached a 14-year high.

Provisional numbers show 93 people drowned in New Zealand during 2022.