A person was found dead in Whakatāne River this evening.

Police were called to a report of a person found unresponsive in the water near the mouth of the Whakatāne River.

Police were called about 5.50pm.

The person was dead when police arrived.

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Police said initial enquiries were still being made.

A police spokeswoman said that, at this stage, the death was not thought to have been caused by suspicious circumstances.

The death will be referred to the Coroner.