28 Apr 2019

Car with body in it pulled from Tauranga Harbour

5:33 pm on 28 April 2019

A car which was found submerged in Tauranga Harbour with a body inside it has now been pulled from the water.

The crash site on Maungatapu Bridge.

A file photo of the Maungatapu Bridge in Bay of Plenty. Photo: RNZ

The body was found by the Police National Dive Squad, which had been searching the area around Maungatapu Bridge after a car hit the railings yesterday evening.

Police say the car and body have now been recovered and the road has re-opened.

Police were alerted about 8pm on Saturday that a section of railing was missing on the bridge on State Highway 29A.

They said CCTV footage showed a vehicle collided with the bridge but not what happened next.

Police divers were searching the area this morning, and about noon police said they had located a vehicle with the driver's body inside.

The stretch of highway between Maungatapu Bridge and the Baypark roundabout was closed until the car was removed.