A man has died after the boat he was in capsized in the sea off Northland today.

Police and search and rescue volunteers began a search for the man about 6pm after another man swam ashore at Matapouri Bay near Whangarei, reporting his friend had remained with their capsized 14 foot boat.

The man said he had been in the water for about two hours before reaching the shore, police said.

Coastguard and a helicopter were deployed and the overturned boat was found by the helicopter crew about 7pm.


A man's body was found and recovered from the water about 20 minutes later, police said.

No further details would be released until next of kin had been notified.