Police have this afternoon found a body in the Hokitika River they believe to be that of a 23-year-old man who fell from rocks yesterday.

The search for the missing 23-year-old who failed to resurface from Hokitika River in the West Coast resumed this morning after he was reported missing yesterday.

Police were alerted to the emergency near Whitecombe Valley Rd yesterday about 12.50pm.

It is believed the man fell from rocks while preparing to jump into the water at the Hokitika Gorge. He failed to resurface.

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"Formal identification is yet to take place, however Police believe it is the 23-year-old man who failed to surface yesterday," police said in a statement tonight after the body was found.

The search efforts yesterday were carried out until dark, and police thanked all those involved in the effort.