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Tauranga Police confirmed to media earlier this morning at around 7 am that a deceased body was located at Papamoa Beach after a member of the public reported it to Police.
The body was recovered and a blessing was performed.
He was Michael Joseph Finekifolau, aged 22, of Auckland.
Mr Finekifolau had not returned from a swim at Mt Maunganui on Saturday 7 November.
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“Our thoughts are with his whanau at this time and Police continue to provide them with support,” said Western Bay of Plenty Area Response Manager Senior Sergeant Shannon Clifford.
“Police would also like to thank those involved in the search operation over the weekend including Surf Life Saving New Zealand members from the Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service and Omanu and Papamoa Emergency Call-Out Squads.”
Mr Finekifolau’s death will be referred to the Coroner.
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