Police release name of drowning victim

  • North Island: East Coast

Police have released the name of the man who drowned while free diving at Puatai Bech near Tolaga Bay on Monday.

He was 53-year-old, Tamahou Wanoa of Wellington.

Police say  Mr Wanoa had been free diving at the beach with family and friends and he got into difficulty after being caught in a rip.

The death has now been referred to the coroner.