The Police Dive Squad has recovered a body near Titi Island in the Marlborough Sounds in the search for a free diver reported missing yesterday afternoon.
Senior Sergeant Peter Payne says a formal identification process is yet to be completed but it is believed to be the missing 25-year-old diver.
He has been named as Baden Pierce McNab from Owaka in Otago.
The police vessel Lady Elizabeth IV has returned to Picton.
Mr Payne says the man's family have been notified.
The diver was reported missing to police at about 3.15pm yesterday.
Police Search and Rescue teams, the Coastguard and a helicopter searched the Titi Island area and other private vessels in the area assisted in the search.