Waikato police say the body found at Waihi Beach this afternoon is not that of a missing man who sparked an extensive air, land and sea search in the inner Tauranga Harbour following an overnight capsizing.
Emergency services were called to Anzac Bay, Waihi Beach, shortly after 2pm today after reports of a woman's body being found on the beach by a member of the public.
Ambulance staff attended the scene but the woman, believed to be aged in her 70s, was unable to be revived.
It is believed the woman is a 76-year-old from Morrinsville who was at Anzac Bay swimming with a friend when she collapsed in the water.
Attempts made by by-standers to revive her were unsuccessful.
Members of the Waihi mine rescue team, who were at the beach searching for the missing boatie, assisted in removing the woman from the beach.
It is not yet known how she died.
Conditions at the beach were calm and shallow as the tide was going out.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious and the matter has been reported to the Coroner.
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