Body found under Tauranga bridge

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Reports are coming in of a suspected drowning in the Wairoa area, north of Tauranga.

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says there was someone wrapped in a blanket under the Wairoa Bridge.

"It happened about 15 to 20 minutes ago and my sister is stuck in traffic in the area.

"I believe it was a drowning."

Emergency services have been called to the scene.

People are being advised to avoid the area as police investigate what has happened.

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