Police divers searching for a missing fisherman have found a body.

A large scale search was underway in and around Nelson's Waimea Inlet this morning for 35-year-old Lian Thang Van.

Mr Van was fishing with friends when he got into trouble yesterday afternoon.

Police have not yet confirmed if the body is that of Mr Van.

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Inspector Ian McKenzie told Newstalk ZB the police dive squad from Wellington located a body in the water near the Waimea River mouth about 12.30pm.

It was understood police were contacting relatives of the person whose body was found this afternoon.

- additional reporting Newstalk ZB