21 Jan 2015

Body confirmed as missing swimmer

8:34 pm on 21 January 2015

Police in Waitemata have confirmed a body found in waters off a West Auckland beach is missing swimmer Johnny Perese Faitaua.

Family of the missing man looking at the sea

Family of the missing man during the search for him last week. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

The 24-year old from Glen Eden was swept away last week when he was swimming off the Bethells Beach and O'Neills Bay peninsula.

Police, including Pacific Liaison staff and Victim Support, were supporting the Faitaua family.

Mr Faitaua's death will be referred to the coroner.