Fisherman's body found aboard boat

1:29 pm on 8 January 2017

The body of a missing fisherman has been found aboard his boat near Great Barrier Island.

Police said the man had been on a fishing trip at a place known as the Needles but was reported overdue last night.

The Coastguard were out looking for him this morning and the police said their helicopter found the boat with his body on board.

They said the death appears to be the result of a medical event and the coroner has been advised.