A body has been recovered near the Whakatāne river mouth tonight.

Police were called about 5.50 pm to a report of a person found unresponsive in the water near the mouth of the Whakatāne River, a Police spokesperson said.

“Upon arrival, the person was found to be deceased.”

A Rescue helicopter was seen landing near the Whakatāne boat ramp.

“Initial inquiries are still being made, however, at this stage there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.”

The death will be referred to the Coroner.