A body was found this morning at the Ōkārito River mouth on the South Island's West Coast.

Police say a formal identification process is under way after a dead man was recovered from the lagoon mouth about 10.30am.

The matter will be referred to the Coroner. Police said they are unable to provide further information at present.

Elsewhere, a search and rescue operation is under way after a fisherman was washed off rocks at Whatipu Beach this afternoon.

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A swimmer was washed away from rocks today at Whatipu Beach, West Auckland. Photo / Jason Oxenham
A swimmer was washed away from rocks today at Whatipu Beach, West Auckland. Photo / Jason Oxenham

The operation, at Ninepin Rock, in Auckland, included a police Eagle helicopter, Coast Guard and LandSAR.

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