Police Search Succeeds

Kapi Mana Police Find Body of Albert Alapati at Titahi Bay

Kapiti Mana Police have recovered the body of missing swimmer 24-year-old Albert Alapati.

Acting Kapiti Mana Area Commander, Detective Inspector Ross Grantham, says nightshift staff conducting a shoreline search located Mr Alapati’s body shortly before 5am , at the southern end of Titahi Bay beach.

Mr Alapati was last seen in the water at Titahi Bay around 4pm on Saturday afternoon. Extensive aerial, land and marine searches have been carried out over five days.

“It is a relief to be able to return Mr Alapati’s body home to his family, who will now be able to begin to mourn their loss. Our thoughts are with the Alapati family at this difficult time,” says D/I Grantham.

Mr Alapati was in the sea in rough conditions outside surf lifesaving flags with his teenage brother and three female cousins close to shore when they got into trouble.

Boaties and surfers were unable to save Mr Alapati, who could not swim and had asthma.