Person dies at Bay of Plenty bridge

Police at the Wairoa bridge underpass this afternoon. Photo: Suppied.

The person who died at the Wairoa Bridge on the outskirts of Tauranga this afternoon suffered an apparent medical event on land, not in the water, says a police spokeswoman.

SunLive was contacted shortly after 3pm by a member of the public who thought there had been a drowning.

No further action is required of Police, says the spokeswoman.

Emergency services were quickly dispatched to the scene and the public were advised to avoid the area.

Meanwhile traffic congestion in the area was later described as "dire", with a caller to SunLive saying they had been trying to get to nearby Te Puna for around 40 minutes.

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