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Written by The Northern Advocate   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010

Friends of the missing man could only wait on the shore at Ngunguru sandspit.

Friends of the missing man could only wait on the shore at Ngunguru sandspit. About 60 family members and friends of a 20-year-old man swept out to sea by a rogue wave have gathered at a Northland beach to help searchers scour the coastline for his body.

Shoan Theo Mafileo, 20, from Auckland's North Shore, was with his partner and four others on the ocean side of the Ngunguru sandspit when a wave knocked them all off their feet about 1.30pm on Monday.

Yesterday police and volunteers along with a coastguard plane and boat searched the coastline for Mr Mafileo, who is presumed drowned.

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