Body found on rocks north of Auckland

A body has been found on rocks near Wenderholm. Photo / Supplied
A body has been found on rocks near Wenderholm. Photo / Supplied

Police have recovered a body found at the high tide mark on rocks near Wenderholm north of Auckland this morning. The body was taken to a mortuary and police were working on identification.

It is close to where a 73-year-old yachtie went missing this week.

Donald Ravenscroft's family reported him missing from his ketch, Rakiah, which was moored in Mahurangi Harbour near Warkworth north of Auckland about 6pm yesterday.

His dinghy was found ashore.

Police said his ketch was still moored at the river estuary at Mahurangi East.

They suspected he might have attempted to swim after his inflatable boat after it drifted away from the launch.

Mr Ravenscroft was last heard from about 7.40pm on Sunday when he rang his wife. He had intended to drive home to Wellsford.

Mr Ravenscroft's personal belongings, including his car keys and cellphone, were found on the yacht. His vehicle was parked at Scott's Landing.


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