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Search called off for missing Piha swimmer

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016

The surf at Piha beach (file photo) © Phil Walter/Getty Images The surf at Piha beach (file photo) Bad weather has forced a halt to the search for the missing swimmer at the west Auckland beach of Piha.

The swimmer was last seen around Lion Rock early on Saturday evening.

Intense weather conditions mean air and sea teams looking for the man, in his twenties, have been halted.

It's hoped a fixed-wing plane will be able to resume the search later this afternoon, a police spokeswoman says.

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