27 Jan 2015

Body found in Waikato River identified

5:21 pm on 27 January 2015

A body pulled from the Waikato River in Hamilton today has been identified as a man missing since Saturday.

Hamilton Police said it was that of 23-year-old Hepisipa Tupou who got into difficulty while swimming across the river.

He was trying to swim across the river near Jellicoe Drive with a friend, police said.

They said they had received 111 calls at about 7am today and their rescue boat recovered a body 30 minutes later.

Police said they were not aware of any other missing people.