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Police confirm identity of missing kayaker

Jack Skellett played football for Tauranga City AFC. Supplied photo.

Police have confirmed the body located in Wellington Harbour on Tuesday evening was that of missing kayaker Jack Skellett.

Jack was a former player at Tauranga City AFC, playing for the club for five years across a number of teams.

In a Facebook post yesterday, the club sent their best wishes to Jack’s family.

In a statement this morning, police say they are continuing to make enquiries in relation to the death on behalf of the coroner.

“The coroner will release their findings in due course.”

A search for Jack began on Monday evening after he failed to return from a kayaking trip.

A body was located on Tuesday night.

Police state that a rāhui is in place between Burdens Gate and the southern point of Camp Bay, Eastbourne, until 6am on Christmas Day, December 25.

A map showing where the rāhui is. Supplied image.

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