A body has been pulled from Whanganui River shortly after a man was seen in distress early this morning.
Police say they were initially called about 3.15am this morning after a man was seen in distress in the water near Anzac Parade.
A search by the police dive squad resulted in the body being located just before 4.30pm.
The body has been recovered from the river and a formal identification process will now follow, according to police.
Local iwi have performed a blessing near the site where the body was found.
A rähui will remain in place for three days, from Te Ao Hou marae (on Somme Parade), past Pütiki, and out to the river mouth.