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Fisherman drowns near Kaikoura

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/03/2016

File Photo:  With the heat wave continuing unabated, five people have drowned in the last three days. © EyesWideOpen/Getty Images File Photo: With the heat wave continuing unabated, five people have drowned in the last three days. A fisherman has drowned after he was swept out to sea near Kaikoura.

The 50-year-old local man was fishing with a friend at the mouth of the Clarence River on Monday morning when he was hit by a wave and pulled out to sea, police say.

He was seen floating for some time but observers later lost sight of him.

His body was spotted from a helicopter and recovered by a local fisherman.

Police are informing his next-of-kin and have referred the incident to the coroner.

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