4 Dec 2014

Man's body spotted from cruise liner

9:49 am on 4 December 2014

Emergency services have found the body of a fisherman missing in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

The cruise ship turned back to help rescue authorities locate the body.

The cruise ship's tender took a rescue swimmer to the scene. Photo: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

The man's body was located after crew on cruise ship called the Coastguard last night, fearing a man had fallen overboard.

Police Air Support, Coastguard Northern Region and the Auckland Rescue Helicopter responded to the ship's distress call.

The ship, Radiance of the Seas, turned back to guide authorities to the place where the body had been seen.

Westpac rescue deployed a rescue swimmer to assist staff from the cruise ship tender.

The body was later determined to be that of the fisherman who was reported missing about 10am yesterday. His empty boat had been was found drifting near Rakino Island.