The name of the man who was swept out to sea at Lake Ferry in Wairarapa yesterday has been released.

He is 34-year-old Bennie Palay Hombrebueno of the Philippines.

Police recovered the body of the fisherman near the river mouth about 11pm yesterday.

The man, believed to be a father of four, was fishing near the mouth of Lake Onoke when he was swept out to sea about 2.30pm.

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A man at the beach yesterday said he had spoken to the twin brother of the victim.

"The twin brother said he was on the other side of the mouth opening. He had told him not to go over there but he said he was really stubborn."

Police were now notifying the man's next of kin.