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Police search operation underway in Whakatane after body sighted in river

A police search operation is underway in Whakatane after a member of the public spotted a body floating in the river. 

Police are at the scene and Coastguard have launched a boat on Whakatane River near Pekatahi Bridge on White Pine Bush Rd, Bay of Plenty Sergeant Phil Wilkinson said.

A road worker reported the sighting and police are still trying to establish whether it is a body.  

More to come