A body has been found in the Waikato River near Taupo, and police believe it is that of a young man who went missing while swimming in the river near Riverside Park today.

The 17-year-old was swimming with a friend when he got into difficulty, police said. After diving into the river the man surfaced for a while then disappeared.

The police were called, and police along with Harbourmaster and Coastguard personnel found him half an hour later.

The Police National Dive Squad will be in the river tonight to retrieve his body. Police and Victim Support are supporting his friends and family.

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No further details about the teenager will be released at this stage, police said.