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Legless body found in Auckland waters

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/04/2017
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  • Police are investigating whether an Auckland port pilot boat may have struck and killed a man swimming off a North Shore beach.

The swimmer whose body was found off Auckland's North Shore this week may have been struck by a port pilot boat.

Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson, in a statement, has confirmed one of the company's boats was under police investigation over the man's death.

The circumstances were not clear, but they were cooperating fully with police.

"I am extremely upset that one of our pilot boats may have been involved in the death of a swimmer," Mr Gibson said. "I understand the pain this will have caused and I offer the family and friends of the swimmer my deepest sympathies for their tragic loss."

He wouldn't comment further.

According to the port's website, it has three pilot boats, Akarana, Wakatere and Jack Guy.

Police say the swimmer failed to return from a regular swim at North Shore's Narrow Neck Beach on Thursday afternoon.

A passenger aboard a 360 Discovery Cruise ferry spotted the wetsuit-clad body in the water on Friday afternoon, the Weekend Herald reports.

The witness told the paper he thought the swimmer might be the victim of a shark attack because his right leg was missing up to his waist.

But police think that is unlikely, and have said they are investigating the possibility he had been struck by a boat.

The boat had been identified, located and examined, they said in a statement.

The man's name is not expected to be released until relatives overseas have been informed.

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